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Blood Mobile

Dear Donors,

We are pleased to report that First Unitarian Universalist will sponsor another blood drive from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm on Sunday July 14.  Please put this date on your calendar.

The Blood Center will continue the following measures to assure the safety of both our donors and the bloodmobile staff:

  • Mobile coach drives are limited to 2 appointments every 15 minutes.
  • Mobile coach drives are scheduled for 4.5 hours to accommodate the appointment system.
  •  Donors are asked to make donation appointments to promote distancing.
  •  Blood Center staff sanitizes all screening booths and beds in between donors.
  •  Stress balls given to donors during donation are now single-use to prevent the spread of germs.
  •  Blood Center staff have their temperatures taken prior to launching for our church.
  •  Blood Center staff wear face masks during the duration of the blood drive.
  •  Donors may also wear face masks. If they do not have one, the Blood Center will provide one.

Donors as usual will receive free snacks and drinks for replenishment of their energy after their donations.  For this campaign all successful donors will receive a Free Olympics T-Shirt to encourage blood donations.

Per usual the Houston area continues to experience a critical shortage of blood.   Blood donations have declined drastically since COVID-19 because the Blood Center had limited ability to partner with most of its “old faithfuls”, namely high schools, colleges and companies.  The Blood Center focuses on groups like these because it can serve a large number of donors in a short amount of time. In the fall schools usually account for 46% of donations, but this source declines during the summer school breaks.  And blood drives still are recovering at many companies due to the work at home trend that accelerated with COVID.  Bottom line is that the Blood Center needs our blood drive now.

Now it is time to sign up for our July 14 blood drive so that we can held fill the blood shortage and have a successful campaign. I already signed up and you can also with the following link: Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center - Donor Portal

Do you want to join us?  You can donate if it has been 2 months since your last blood donation and if you meet the Blood Center’s other requirements.  Please confirm by emailing Phil Richardson so we can manage signups.