RAYNHAM — Chief Bryan LaCivita is pleased to announce that the Raynham Fire Department has partnered with the Raynham Knights of Columbus to host a blood drive next month and is encouraging residents to come and donate blood.
Friday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saint Anns Church, 660 North Main St.
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. is in need of a pint of blood. Additionally, the previously existing demand coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a significant strain on blood collection efforts.
As such, the Raynham Fire Department, in collaboration with the Raynham Knights of Columbus, encourages residents to donate at the upcoming blood drive.
All those who wish to donate must register in advance. To register, click here.
Those who register should choose whether they plan to donate blood, power red (the process of collecting red cells but returning most of the plasma and platelets), platelets or AB plasma. Those who wish to participate in a power red donation must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg or O blood.
“Now more than ever, we are seeing a shortage of blood, plasmas and platelets,” Chief LaCivita said. “These are lifesaving resources that are desperately needed to keep people alive and well. We ask that any resident eligible to donate blood please thinks about joining us next month in our collection efforts.”
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all individuals working or attending the drive will be required to wear a proper face covering and practice social distancing at all times.
For more information visit redcrossblood.org/missingtypes.