If you are looking for a way to make a difference in these strange and uncertain times, please consider donating blood! Every whole blood donation can save up to 3 lives. Even in the midst of the current global health crisis, other health crises continue to threaten lives. Blood donations are greatly needed in our community.
First Baptist Church of Pendleton will host a Community Blood Drive on Sunday, May 17 from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Blood Drive will take place in the church parking lot in a bloodmobile from The Blood Connection. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment, wear a mask and wait in your car until your appointment time. See below for additional safety information.
For each donor, the Blood Connection will give $20 to First Baptist Church of Pendleton. We will be donating these funds to Clemson Community Care to assist with ongoing needs in our community.
Additional Safety Information:
Donating Blood is Safe
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been no reported or suspected cases of transfusion-transmitted COVID-19. Individuals are not at risk of contracting COVID-19 through the blood donation process or via a blood transfusion, since respiratory viruses are generally not known to be transmitted by donation or transfusion.
Routine blood donor screening measures are already in place to prevent individuals with clinical respiratory infections from donating blood.
If the outbreak continues to spread, additional challenges could arise, which could potentially reduce the number of eligible donors. All healthy individuals need to donate. With the safety measures in place, know that you can donate blood with confidence at The Blood Connection.
America’s Blood Centers has stated that a blood drive is not considered a mass gathering or an event. Blood drives do not fall into that category and adhere to guidelines as being a safe place.
Blood centers are not healthcare providers and thus do not provide coronavirus tests. TBC will screen all donors to make sure they are healthy and eligible to donate.
The Blood Connection staff completes a full health screening for all donors prior to donating blood. This includes a questionnaire (which includes travel questions), temperature check, and mini-physical.