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Give Blood in Honor of Black History Month
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WESTERN KENTUCKY/SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - In honor of Black History Month this February, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors, and especially those who have recovered from COVID-19, to give blood to honor the legacies of African Americans like Dr. Charles Drew and Dr. Jerome Holland. Their passion for helping improve the lives of patients in need of lifesaving blood products is carried on through dedicated blood donors, blood drive sponsors, volunteers and Red Cross employees.

Drew, an African American surgeon, was the medical director of the first Red Cross blood bank in 1941. Drew's research about the storage and shipment of blood plasma proved that blood could be stored for transfusions. Many of the processes he developed are still in use today.

As the first African American chair of the Red Cross Board of Governors, Holland was passionate about blood research. His commitment to providing the safest possible blood products for patients in need helped inform many safeguards the Red Cross has in place today to not only protect patients but also blood donors.

Donors have the ability to create a legacy of their own by rolling up a sleeve to give blood, platelets or plasma to help patients in need. COVID-19 survivors are especially needed to address a convalescent plasma shortage. These individuals may have antibodies in their plasma that could help patients currently battling the virus.

As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give during February will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card.

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor's immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. 

Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
 

Here are some upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area:

 

MASSAC COUNTY

Metropolis, IL

2/8/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Road

 

PULASKI COUNTY

Ullin, IL

2/10/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd.

2/16/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cross Road United Methodist Church, 1289 Ullin Ave

 

BALLARD COUNTY

La Center, KY

2/18/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office, 110 Broadway

 

CALLOWAY COUNTY

Murray, KY

2/8/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Murray State University, 1403 Olive Street

2/9/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Murray State University, 1403 Olive Street

2/11/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main Street

2/25/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main St

 

GRAVES COUNTY

Mayfield, KY

2/11/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion, 211 South 7th

2/16/2021: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Independence Bank, 100 East College Street

2/23/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion, 211 South 7th

2/26/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., CFSB Mayfield, 100 Dick Castleman Bypass

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Salem, KY

2/24/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Livingston Hospital Health Care Services, 131 Hospital Drive

 

LYON COUNTY

Eddyville, KY

2/26/2021: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Lyon County Convention Center @ Lee S Jones Park, 172 Lee S Jones Park

 

MARSHALL COUNTY

Benton, KY

2/15/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 2515 South Main Street

2/22/2021: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Central Elementary School Marshall County, 115 Jim Goheen Drive

Calvert City, KY

2/23/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Altona Baptist Church, 5817 US HWY 62

2/25/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Calvert City Church of Christ, 4625 US Highway 62

 

MCCRACKEN COUNTY

Paducah, KY

2/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/8/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/9/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/10/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Concord United Methodist Church, 5178 Hinkleville Road

2/11/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/12/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/12/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Gospel Mission Worship Center, 6905 Benton Road

2/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/14/2021: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., St. John's Catholic Church, 6705 Old Highway 45

2/15/2021: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowe's Paducah-Hinkleville Road, 5176 Hinkleville Road

2/15/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/16/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/17/2021: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Road

2/18/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/19/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/20/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/21/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/22/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/23/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/24/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Concord United Methodist Church, 5178 Hinkleville Road

2/24/2021: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Reidland Church of Christ, 5500 Kentucky Dam Road

2/25/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/26/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/27/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

2/28/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

 


Published 06:22 AM, Monday Feb. 08, 2021
Updated 07:34 AM, Monday Feb. 08, 2021

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