Dunvilla Barn blood drive March 25; Pelican VFW session held last week 

The American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, rise in the U.S.

A blood drive was held last week at the Pelican Rapids VFW—relocated from the Pelican school, which is closed. 

Lakes area volunteers will have another opportunity to donate blood: at the Barn at Dunvilla, March 25, from 1-7 p.m. 

The Red Cross is teaming up with the  Dunvilla Lions for the drive, and contact person is Linda Grefsrud.  

 Cold and flu season has already impacted the nation’s ability to maintain its blood supply. As the number of coronavirus cases grows in the U.S., the number of people eligible to give blood for patients in need could decrease further.

Donors can make an appointment to donate blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. There are no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus, including this coronavirus, from a transfusion.

To learn more about hosting a blood drive for patients in need, please visit RedCrossBlood.org.