On Tuesday, October 6, Orange County’s District 1, in conjunction with the American Red Cross and Magnolia Science Academy Santa Ana, is hosting a blood drive.
Magnolia Science Academy Santa Ana Blood Drive
“There are many ways to help our community during this pandemic, one of them is by donating blood if you’re a healthy individual,” said Supervisor Andrew Do. “Public health professionals agree that maintaining an adequate blood supply is vital to public health.”
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), every two seconds, a patient needs a blood transfusion. Due to the limitations caused by the pandemic, the number of blood donations has been dramatically reduced, at a time when it is needed the most.
“Donating blood is safe and only takes a little of your time,” said Supervisor Do. “Our actions now can save lives – especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 and provide their plasma to those who are most in need.”
Making an Appointment to Donate Blood
People interested in donating blood can visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter the Sponsor Code: MSASA to schedule an appointment.
Donors can save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of the appointment.
COVID-19 Antibodies Testing
All blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. If you are fully recovered from a verified COVID-19 diagnosis, your blood may have the antibodies that attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as a possible treatment for currently ill COVID-19 patients, so your donation could help save the lives of those fighting this disease!
To donate, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 lbs., and be in good health. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions on donating blood.