Red cross blood drive

Katrina Rozeveld

May 17, 2020

We had a blessed opportunity to host a community blood drive for the Red Cross. During these challenging times, many drives have been cancelled throughout the country, resulting in a deficit of blood without a decrease in the need. When a drive in our community was cancelled for May 7th, Red Cross asked if we would be able to host. As a very practical way to serve our community, Red Cross, and donors who come in to give so consistently, we opened up our doors to host for the first time!

Initially, we were given 45 appointment slots, most of which filled up within the first week. Red Cross then scheduled more staff, allowing for a total of 15 additional slots, all of which were filled again! This was all a testimony to the willingness of so many in our community to gladly give blood during these times.

All donors got their temperature taken upon arrival (and all checked out!)

The staff at Red Cross were blessed by the group of volunteers that were able to joyfully assist with setup and working the drive- tasks that varied from temperature checks, check-in, manning the canteen area for donors to grab a snack and drink after giving blood, and sanitizing the space constantly. The staff were thankful for volunteers who were able to learn the ropes quickly and provide a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to donors. Twelve17 was able to give away many drinks to those at the drive as well, which was a great blessing and encouragement to many.

The entire east wing of the main floor was opened up to accomodate all the extra appointments

Thanks to the hard work of our amazing volunteers, the Red Cross staff, and willingness of so many to come and give, Red Cross collected 52 units of blood and recruited 14 first-time donors. A turnout like that, we were told by staff, was huge. This was double the initial goal. Praise God for an awesome day!
Update: The Red Cross has asked us to host another event after another location had to cancel. Sign up here to schedule an appointment to give!

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers!