Give Blood in Honor of Black History Month in February

Celebrate the legacies of Drs. Charles Drew, Jerome Holland by giving blood Donors who come to give in February will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card thanks to $1 million donation from Amazon

In honor of Black History Month this February, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors, and especially those who have recovered from COVID-19, to give blood to honor the legacies of African Americans like Dr. Charles Drew and Dr. Jerome Holland. Their passion for helping improve the lives of patients in need of lifesaving blood products is carried on through dedicated blood donors, blood drive sponsors, volunteers and Red Cross employees.

Drew, an African American surgeon, was the medical director of the first Red Cross blood bank in 1941. Drew’s research about the storage and shipment of blood plasma proved that blood could be stored for transfusions. Many of the processes he developed are still in use today.

As the first African American chair of the Red Cross Board of Governors, Holland was passionate about blood research. His commitment to providing the safest possible blood products for patients in need helped inform many safeguards the Red Cross has in place today to not only protect patients but also blood donors. Donors have the ability to create a legacy of their own simply by rolling up a sleeve to give blood, platelets or plasma to help patients in need. COVID-19 survivors are especially needed to address a convalescent plasma shortage. These individuals may have antibodies in their plasma that could help patients currently battling the virus.

Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1- 800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give this February will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at Red- CrossBlood.org/Together.)

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Chatham, Bryan & Effingham Counties – Feb. 18-28

Bryan Pembroke 2/18/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pembroke United Methodist Church, 102 North College Street Chatham Savannah 2/18/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Savannah State University, 3219 College Street 2/18/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave Chatham Savannah 2/19/2021: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave 2/19/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grand Lake Club, 815 Southbridge Blvd 2/20/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave 2/21/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave Pooler 2/22/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., YMCA West Chatham, 165 Isaac G. LaRoche Drive Savannah 2/22/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave 2/23/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave Effingham Rincon 2/23/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Effingham YMCA, 1224 Patriot Drive, PO Box 826 Chatham Savannah 2/24/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave Chatham Savannah 2/25/2021: 12:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave Chatham Pooler 2/26/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tanger Outlets, 200 Tanger Outlet Boulevard Savannah 2/26/2021: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave 2/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nine Line Apparel, 450 Fort Argyle Road Pooler 2/27/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tanger Outlets, 200 Tanger Outlet Boulevard Savannah 2/27/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave 2/28/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave

Donors can save time by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, . Go to RedCrossBlood.org/Rapid- Pass or use the Blood Donor App. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @Red- Cross.

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