The YMCA of Vincenes is proud to continue supporting our community in these unprecedented times of need. Blood is a precious commodity right now and every unit donated counts. As of March 19, 2020 the U.S. was 170,000+ blood units short across the country. The YMCA of Vincennes is proud to host the Red Cross in our facilities during this difficult time.
Our Community Blood Drive will be hosted on: April 1, April 8, and April 15th, 2020 with a goal of 35 units or more. Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Please Schedule appointments ahead of time here: Schedule Your Donation Online Here
Directions For Donors
Upon donor arrival, a volunteer or staff person will be taking temperatures of everyone. No children or non-donors will be allowed in the the areas we are using during the blood drive to try to protect those who are donating. We will not take walk-ins if the appointment sheet is full. Walk-ins will be asked to make an appointment for an upcoming drive via the website or phone number.
Folks will then wait their turn 6 feet apart in the waiting area.
The Surgeon General and FDA are urging healthy folks to donate. The Red Cross is taking all the precautions by the CDC. Click Here to read CDC Statement on encouraging donations.
NEW SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
The Red Cross is committed to blood drive safety
“We know that people want to help, but they may be hesitant to visit a blood drive during this time. We want to assure the public that blood donation is a safe process, and we have put additional precautions in place at our blood drives and donation centers to protect all who come out.
The Red Cross has implemented new measures to ensure blood drives and donation centers are even safer for our donors and staff, including:
- Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy.
- Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
- Spacing beds, where possible, to follow social distancing practices between blood donors.
- Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.
At each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees already follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection, including:
- Wearing gloves and changing gloves with each donor.
- Routinely wiping down donor-touched areas.
- Using sterile collection sets for every donation.
- Preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub.
There is no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus worldwide.
“Volunteer donors are the unsung heroes for patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions. If you are healthy, feeling well and eligible to give, please schedule an appointment to give now.”
If you would like to volunteer for any of these dates, please contact Rebecca Richardville at: firstname.lastname@example.org.