Date: November 11, 2022
On Monday, November 14, 2022, from 10:00 am-3:00 pm, VTS will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross.
Covid-19 wreaked havoc on many things, and the nation’s blood supply has had a very difficult time recovering. In order for the blood supply to be safe, voluntary blood donors are a must. As an institution whose central mission involves educating for ministry, we understand at our core how very quickly and severely plummeting attendance affected altruistic endeavors.
The blood supply needs constant replenishment. When one donates, the bag of whole blood is portioned out into components. Packed red cells have a “shelf life” of just 6 weeks, and platelets, only 5 days!!!
If you have not already signed up to give blood, here is the link to sign up for a donation time.
What to expect: the screening questions are completed ahead of time online, and you will be given a QR code (for your phone, or to print and bring), and then you will be asked follow-up questions in person. Red cross employees will take your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure, along with a quick fingerstick to ensure adequate iron reserves before donation. Requirements have changed; so if previously you have been unable to donate, it is possible that you could now. Please click here to check the Red Cross eligibility requirements.
If you are unable to donate and wish to help, the staff working the blood drive is happy to have you help them with refreshments in LPER so those donating can hydrate and increase their blood sugar.
Thank you to Rev. Dr. Sarah Colvin for her help in organizing this event.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President