Evansville community blood drive begins Thursday


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The Red Cross in Evansville is preparing to take blood donations in response to shortages across the country.

The blood drive begins Thursday and will last through April 3 at 29 S. Stockwell Ave. The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Theo Boots, executive director of the American Red Cross Southwest Indiana chapter, is working from home along with other staff members as part of CDC recommendations on social distancing.

She says closures of some venues have led to lost donations in the Tri-State.

“The problem is we are not having enough places to collect blood because of all the places that have had to cancel their blood drives because of schools being closed, their churches, those are two really big places that collect blood for us,” Boots said.

Boots says donors will have their temperature checked before entering and social distancing practices will be in place. She says the need for blood will be ongoing.

“One thing you have to remember is blood has a shelf life of 42 days. It’s not something that we can manufacture, it’s only something that can be received from a donor like yourself,” Boots said.

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(This story was originally published on March 18, 2020)

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