Red Cross Blood Drives

 

Loudoun County Public Schools continues to respond to the nationwide plea for blood donations by hosting American Red Cross Blood Drives. LCPS facilities are among the few that are large enough to host blood drives with adequate physical separation to comply with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

 

Upcoming blood drives will be held:

May 12 and May 28, Stone Bridge High School;   

May 19, John Champe High School; and

May 29, Freedom High School.  

 

Appointments are now necessary in order to comply with social distancing during blood drives. No drop-in donations are allowed. To schedule an appointment, please visit https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html

 

"During the coronavirus pandemic, the need for life saving blood is ongoing and blood donation is an essential activity required for the patients we serve," said Steven Bratland, Biomedical Services Account Manager with the Red Cross. “Our safety measures as directed by the CDC and the FDA require that the protocols that we employ make sure that donating is safe for all involved. The need for large spaces and social distancing would have caused us to cancel close to a dozen Blood Drives throughout Loudoun County, which was prevented by the generous intervention of Loudoun County Public Schools. Without exception, each of the LCPS schools has been warm and welcoming and their Blood Drives have been a huge success.” 

 

To date, 256 donors have participated in the first seven blood drives. A total of 225 units were collected. Those units translate to life-saving efforts for 675 people. Nearly half of the donors at the early drives were first-time donors.