As you may know, during this pandemic the demand for blood is as high as ever, and because there have many cancellations of blood drives, there is a shortage of blood.  To help out, Advent is teaming up with the Red Cross and UNC Charlotte to host a summer blood drive in Orinson Fellowship Hall from 10am to 3pm on Thursday, August 13th.  Because UNCC is not scheduling any events in their space at this time Advent has stepped up to serve as a host for this blood drive.   Now all we need is for anyone who can donate to step up and schedule an appointment.  Many have asked what can we do during the pandemic, and here is an opportunity for those who are able and willing to donate blood. 
The Red Cross has established enhanced blood donation protocols to ensure the safety of donors, staff, and volunteers including temperature checks, masks, distancing, and cleaning.  Also, shortages due to canceled blood drives have prompted the American Red Cross to offer to test donations for coronavirus antibodies for anyone who donates. The antibody tests, authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will be performed on samples taken during donation, and results should be available within seven to 10 days.  Click here for information about the antibodies testing.  
If you plan to participate in this important drive, I want to encourage you to click here now to make a reservation.  You can also go to the Red Cross website  (americanredcross.org), click on GIVE BLOOD, and type in UNCC, which is the sponsor code for this drive, and proceed to register from there.   Walk-in donations will be welcomed too, of course, but a reserved time shortens the wait and helps our host better plan for the number of donors.   Also, you can use Rapid Pass on the day of the event to shorten the on-site registration process. See www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass for details.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.   For questions please contact Keith Wassum (knwassum@bellsouth.net or 704-597-1174).  Help us make a difference by helping someone who needs our blood donations.
You can hold the power to save lives in the palm of your hand with the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App! .Text "BLOODAPP" to 90999 or download it from the App StoreSM  or the Google PlayTM store today! (You can click on any of those links to go to the websites)
  • Advent Lutheran Church
  • 8840 University City Blvd.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina  28213
  • Email Us
  • 704-549-1555