COLUMBUS GROVE – There will be a blood donation opportunity from noon to 6 pm on Thursday June 3 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 224 S. Elm St., Columbus Grove.
Red Cross and actor James Van Der Beek urge Americans to donate
blood and make it a summer full of life
Red Cross thanks donors with t-shirts and a chance to win a motorhome
by Banlieue Propane
INDIANAPOLIS (May 10, 2021) – The American Red Cross with actor James Van Der
Beek and his wife, Kimberly, have come together to urge everyone in good health to make one
was full of life for patients by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets.
As the nation moves into a hopeful new phase of this devastating pandemic and people begin
return to some of their favorite activities, the Red Cross is concerned about the impact of this
could have on the involvement of blood donors and the blood supply this summer. The need to save lives
blood transfusions never take a break. It is essential to have blood ready to go when each
the second counts.
The Van Der Beek family know firsthand how important blood donation is in a health crisis.
Over the past year, Kimberly Van Der Beek has suffered consecutive pregnancy losses. Each
when she needed emergency hospital treatment and blood transfusions to save her life.
“Giving blood is something that I have always done throughout my life,” said James Van Der
Beak. “It seemed important. But I never knew how the woman I love most was in
a situation where so much blood made the difference between life and death. He just brought it
at home in a very real way.
Bleeding is the main cause of pregnancy-related complications which can occur at any time
during pregnancy. “In severe bleeding, blood transfusions often play a vital role
role, ”said Dr Ross Herron, Divisional Surgeon General of the Red Cross. “For mothers with
complicated pregnancies or deliveries, generous donors are the only source of transfusions
they may need to survive.
“If you’ve never donated blood before, allow this to be your formal invitation. Would you please give
blood ? Kimberly Van Der Beek added.
People of all blood groups are encouraged to make an appointment now to donate blood,
and in most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However,
knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining
donation eligibility. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood
Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or
activate the Blood Donor skill on any Alexa Echo device.
In gratitude for making this summer a vibrant summer, those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma in
May will be automatically entered for a chance to win a travel trailer that can accommodate five people *,
powered by Suburban Propane, through their SuburbanCares initiative. The Red Cross is also
thank those who come to donate from May 28 to June 13 with a limited edition t-shirt, while stocks
“Suburban Propane is honored to partner with the American Red Cross and actor James Van
Der Beek on their summer campaign to draw attention to the need for blood donation ”,
said Nandini Sankara, spokesperson for Suburban Propane. “Our company SuburbanCares
pillar underlines our continued commitment to giving back to our local communities and through
this platform, we support a multitude of community outreach initiatives across the country;
including our national partnership with the American Red Cross. It is our hope that this
promotion for a chance to win a travel camper van (trailer) will encourage donors to show their
support and to help meet the need for blood donation.
Health information for donors
The Red Cross is testing donated blood, platelets and plasma for COVID-19 antibodies. The
the test can indicate whether the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies against this coronavirus,
regardless of whether they have developed symptoms. Tests can also identify the presence of
antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Plasma from routine blood and platelet donations that test positive for high levels of antibodies
can be used as convalescent plasma to meet the potential future needs of COVID-19 patients.
Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product collected from COVID-19 survivors who have
antibodies that can help patients who are actively fighting the virus.
The Red Cross does not test donors to diagnose a disease, it is called a diagnostic test. TO
protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that those who
don’t feel well or think they may be sick with COVID-19 defer donation.
At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also
screening of all donated blood, platelets and plasma from self-identified African American donors
for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide black donors with a
health information and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood groups faster to help
patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for people with sickle cell disease
cell disease and blood donation from people of the same race, ethnicity and blood group
have a unique ability to help patients fight sickle cell disease.
Donors can expect to receive antibody test results and sickle cell trait screening, if applicable.
within one to two weeks via the Red Cross blood donor app and online donor portal
Safety of blood drives
Each Red Cross blood collection and donation center meets the highest safety standards and
infection control and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing
and face masks for donors and staff – have been put in place to help protect the health of all
the people present. Donors are requested to make an appointment before arriving at the
drive and are required to wear a face shield during the ride, in alignment with the centers of
Public guidelines on disease control and prevention.