We are two weeks away from what would have been the next 38th Street Blood Drive but of course, COVID-19 has put a wrinkle into everyones plans. I’ll be making my regular blood donation at the downtown Vitalant location instead of enjoying hanging with East Sac neighbors and enjoying a little BBQ and good conversations around my donation. Alice and Pat, the wonderful hosts of the 38th Street blood drive encourage you to do the same.
Here is the email I received form them with the update:
Greetings Neighbors and Friends,
Well, it’s what you have probably assumed already. We will not be able to host our annual 38th Street blood drive this year due to the challenges of COVID-19. We do hope to resume our drive in 2021. In the meantime, please consider helping to save lives by making a blood donation at a Vitalant (formerly BloodSource) center or blood drive, where social distancing can effectively occur. Below are some alternate locations to donate blood.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing – A COVID-19 antibody test is performed on all donations allowing Vitalant to identify donors who may be able to donate convalescent plasma to help patients fighting COVID-19. For more information: https://www.vitalant.org/antibodytest.
VITALANT BLOOD CENTERS
Find a convenient Vitalant donation center at Vitalant Donor Center locations. Scroll down and choose California and then search for a city.
To make an appointment book online or call Vitalant at 866-822-5663.
SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Vitalant will be hosting a community blood drive at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento on Thursday, September 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Located at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel – 1230 J St., Sacramento. To comply with social distancing practices, appointments are
encouraged and we’re asking blood donors to make an appointment – Click Here to Schedule an Appointment.
Walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows.
PREPARE FOR YOUR DONATION
Vitalant requires all donors to wear face coverings. Donors will be required to bring their own cloth-based mask or face covering.
Please bring a photo I.D.
Eat well and drink plenty of water prior to donation.
16 year olds must have a signed Vitalant parental consent form. For parental consent forms go to parental consent forms.
Learn more about Vitalant’s response to COVID-19: www.vitalant.org/coronavirus
For eligibility questions or to schedule an appointment contact: Vitalant 866-822-5663.
As always, we do this in honor of my wonderful mom, Rose Mary Lonczak. We look forward to seeing you next year.
Alice and Pat McAuliffe