Princeton church to host blood drive

Red Cross says donors needed in February

Edward Varga, of Richmond, has blood drawn by phlebotomist Katrina White during a Versiti blood drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus and Girl Scouts on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Richmond. A shortage in the blood supply has again resurged and blood drives are hopeful for donors.

The American Red Cross urges donors to give blood or platelets to continue to strengthen the national blood supply this month.

The First United Methodist Church, 316 S. Church St., Princeton, will be hosting a blood drive 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.

The public can book a time to give by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People of all blood types – especially type O blood donors, the most needed blood group by hospitals – and platelet donors are needed daily to ensure blood products are available for hospitals at a moment’s notice.

As February continues, so does the potential for additional weather systems to disrupt blood drives and the ability to provide critical blood products to hospitals, the Red Cross said in a news release. While thousands of donors have answered the call to donate in recent weeks to combat a significant drop in the blood supply, more donors are needed to ensure the blood supply remains ready for those in need of life-saving medical procedures, the agency said.

All who donate in February will get a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Heart.