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The American Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping the blood supply strong during the winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses can impact donors. This year the pandemic adds in another challenge in keeping the blood supply strong. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets this month.

Every day there are thousands of patients who rely on lifesaving blood donations – people like Leslie Johnson. In 2005, a farming accident left Johnson with broken bones and massive bleeding. In the first 24 hours after the accident, she received 10 units of blood and platelets. Additional transfusions and surgeries followed.

Johnson’s high school-age daughter, Emily, hosted a blood drive last semester because she recognizes the role of blood in helping save her mom’s life. “If blood had not been available when she needed it, she might not be here today. I might not have had my mom growing up. It’s my honor to be able to promote blood donation and help pay it forward to others in need.”

As Leslie Johnson faces additional surgeries to address ongoing injuries from the accident, she may need more blood transfusions.

“It’s so important, especially as we navigate this pandemic, to make sure there is blood available,” said Emily. “Blood is such a meaningful gift to give.”

One heartwarming gesture deserves another

As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give this February will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

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.

Important COVID-19 information for donors

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. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a

type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients.

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. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 1-15

GA

Cherokee

Canton

2/1/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hickory Flat Library, 2740 East Cherokee Drive

Cobb

Marietta

2/1/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cobb Blood Donation Center, East Lake Shopping Center, 2145 Roswell Road Suite 250

Fayette

Fayetteville

2/1/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fayetteville Blood Donation Center, 100-120 Promenade Parkway

2/1/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Flat Creek Baptist Church, 161 Flat Creek Trail

2/1/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fayetteville Christian Church, 114 Hickory Road

Forsyth

Cumming

2/1/2021: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Northside Hospital – Forsyth County, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive

2/1/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Northside Hospital – Forsyth County, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive

2/1/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road

Fulton

Alpharetta

2/1/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Alpharetta Blood Donation Center, 3000 Old Alabama RD, Suite 110

Atlanta

2/1/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Midtown Blood Donation Center, 1955 Monroe Drive

2/1/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross Metro Atlanta Chapter Office, 1955 Monroe Drive, NE

2/1/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road NE

2/1/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Ave NE

Duluth

2/1/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Duluth Blood Donation Center, 3090 Premiere Pkwy, Suite 500

Gwinnett

Lilburn

2/1/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Harmony Grove United Methodist Church, 50 Harmony Grove Road

Peachtree Corners

2/1/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pond and Company, 3500 Parkway Lane, Suite 500

Haralson

Waco

2/1/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., West Georgia Tech – Waco/Conference Center, 176 Murphy Campus Blvd.

Newton

Covington

2/1/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Eastridge Community Church, 863 Highway 142 East

Pike

Zebulon

2/1/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Georgia Farm Bureau, 7664 US-19 North

Polk

Cedartown

2/1/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 144 Essex St.

Rockdale

Conyers

2/1/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Conyers Blood Donation Center, 2445 Salem Road SE, Suite 206F/207G

Cherokee

Woodstock

2/2/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Hillside United Methodist Church, 4474 Towne Lake Parkway

Clayton

Jonesboro

2/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., First Christian Church-Jonesboro, 2272 Walt Stephens Road

Cobb

Marietta

2/2/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cobb Blood Donation Center, East Lake Shopping Center, 2145 Roswell Road Suite 250

Coweta

Newnan

2/2/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Southside Church – Newnan, 1821 GA-34

DeKalb

Atlanta

2/2/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Lynwood Recreation Center, 3360 Osborne Rd NE

Douglas

Douglasville

2/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 9851 Commerce Way

Fayette

Fayetteville

2/2/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fayetteville Blood Donation Center, 100-120 Promenade Parkway

Peachtree City

2/2/2021: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Glenloch Recreation Complex, 601 Stevens Entry

Forsyth

Cumming

2/2/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beaver Toyota Cumming, 1875 Buford Hwy

Fulton

Alpharetta

2/2/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Alpharetta Blood Donation Center, 3000 Old Alabama RD, Suite 110

Atlanta

2/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Atlanta Property Group, 5909 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Building D

2/2/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., St Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2045 Ponce De Leon Avenue

2/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Metro Atlanta Chapter Office, 1955 Monroe Drive, NE

2/2/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Midtown Blood Donation Center, 1955 Monroe Drive

Duluth

2/2/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Duluth Blood Donation Center, 3090 Premiere Pkwy, Suite 500

Gwinnett

Grayson

2/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grayson City Hall, 475 Grayson Parkway

Henry

Stockbridge

2/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Stockbridge First United Methodist Church, 4863 North Henry Blvd.

Rockdale

Conyers

2/2/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Conyers Blood Donation Center, 2445 Salem Road SE, Suite 206F/207G

Cobb

Kennesaw

2/3/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Town Center at Cobb, JC Penny Wing 2nd Floor Play Area, 400 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW

Marietta

2/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, 677 Church Street

2/3/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Cobb Blood Donation Center, East Lake Shopping Center, 2145 Roswell Road Suite 250

2/3/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road

Powder Springs

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2/3/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Macland Baptist Church, 3732 Macland Road

DeKalb

Atlanta

2/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Skyland Church – Dining Hall, 1850 Skyland Terrace NE

Forsyth

Cumming

2/3/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Beaver Toyota Cumming, 1875 Buford Hwy

Fulton

Alpharetta

2/3/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Alpharetta Blood Donation Center, 3000 Old Alabama RD, Suite 110

Atlanta

2/3/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Metro Atlanta Chapter Office, 1955 Monroe Drive, NE

2/3/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Midtown Blood Donation Center, 1955 Monroe Drive

2/3/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Neighborhood Church, 1561 Mclendon Avenue, NE

Duluth

2/3/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Duluth Blood Donation Center, 3090 Premiere Pkwy, Suite 500

Gwinnett

Grayson

2/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grayson City Hall, 475 Grayson Parkway

Norcross

2/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Studio 87 Yoga, 87 S. Peachtree St

Snellville

2/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saint Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church, 3200 Brooks Drive

Rockdale

Conyers

2/3/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Conyers Blood Donation Center, 2445 Salem Road SE, Suite 206F/207G

Cherokee

Canton

2/4/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cherokee Presbyterian Church, 1498 Johnson Brady Road

2/4/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sixes United Methodist Church, 8385 Bells Ferry Road

Cobb

Austell

2/4/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Austell Presbyterian Church, 5895 Love Street

Kennesaw

2/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Town Center at Cobb, JC Penny Wing 2nd Floor Play Area, 400 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW

Marietta

2/4/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cobb Blood Donation Center, East Lake Shopping Center, 2145 Roswell Road Suite 250

Coweta

Newnan

2/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Newnan 1st UMC -Parrish Hall, 33 Greenville St

Fayetteville

2/4/2021: 11:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fayetteville Blood Donation Center, 100-120 Promenade Parkway

Forsyth

Cumming

2/4/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Midway Park, 5100 Post Road

Fulton

Alpharetta

2/4/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Transwestern/Deerfield Office Park, 12600 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 130

2/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Alpharetta Blood Donation Center, 3000 Old Alabama RD, Suite 110

Atlanta

2/4/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Georgia Institute of Technology, 219 Uncle Heinie Way

2/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Metro Atlanta Chapter Office, 1955 Monroe Drive, NE

2/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Midtown Blood Donation Center, 1955 Monroe Drive

Duluth

2/4/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Duluth Blood Donation Center, 3090 Premiere Pkwy, Suite 500

Henry

McDonough

2/4/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bethany Baptist Church, 4 N. Bethany Road

Paulding

Dallas

2/4/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Mt. Tabor Park/Gym Facility/Meeting Room, 1550 E. Paulding Drive

Cobb

Marietta

2/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cobb Blood Donation Center, East Lake Shopping Center, 2145 Roswell Road Suite 250

Powder Springs

2/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lost Mountain Baptist Church, 5400 Old Dallas Road

Coweta

Newnan

2/5/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Piedmont Newnan Hospital, 745 Poplar Road

DeKalb

Lithonia

2/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., The City of Stonecrest, 3120 Stonecrest Blvd

Fayette

Fayetteville

2/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fayetteville Blood Donation Center, 100-120 Promenade Parkway

Forsyth

Cumming

2/5/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Forsyth County Senior Center, 595 Dahlonega Street

Fulton

Alpharetta

2/5/2021: 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Alpharetta Blood Donation Center, 3000 Old Alabama RD, Suite 110

Atlanta

2/5/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Metro Atlanta Chapter Office, 1955 Monroe Drive, NE

2/5/2021: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Midtown Blood Donation Center, 1955 Monroe Drive

Duluth

2/5/2021: 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Duluth Blood Donation Center, 3090 Premiere Pkwy, Suite 500

Gwinnett

Lawrenceville

2/5/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Fountain Church, 1985 Old Fountain Road

Snellville

2/5/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 2342 Oak Road

Rockdale

Conyers

2/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Conyers Blood Donation Center, 2445 Salem Road SE, Suite 206F/207G

Cobb

Marietta

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cobb Blood Donation Center, East Lake Shopping Center, 2145 Roswell Road Suite 250

2/6/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount Zion United Methodist Church Marietta, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road

Douglas

Douglasville

2/6/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Douglasville, 9190 Campbellton Street

Fayette

Fayetteville

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fayetteville Blood Donation Center, 100-120 Promenade Parkway

Fulton

Alpharetta

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Alpharetta Blood Donation Center, 3000 Old Alabama RD, Suite 110

Atlanta

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Midtown Blood Donation Center, 1955 Monroe Drive

Duluth

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Duluth Blood Donation Center, 3090 Premiere Pkwy, Suite 500

2/6/2021: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., St Monica Catholic Church, 1700 Buford Hwy

Rockdale

Conyers

2/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Conyers Blood Donation Center, 2445 Salem Road SE, Suite 206F/207G

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