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Two-day campus blood drive takes aim at critical need

American Red Cross Blood ServicesAs the American Red Cross rebounds from an unprecedented number of canceled blood drives due to the pandemic, as well as fewer donations in the midst of winter weather, a two-day collection at Penn College will answer the call to help prevent a shortage.

Donors are urgently needed at Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor) from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 7-8. To help maintain social distancing, appointments are strongly recommended. For the safety of the campus community and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines, all donors are required to wear a mask. (Don’t forget your photo ID, either!)

Every blood type is needed, each unit can help as many as three patients, and all donations will undergo COVID-19 antibody testing (with results available through the donor’s Red Cross Blood Service app in seven to 10 days.) Prospective donors can streamline their experience and save up to 15 minutes by completing the RapidPass health history questionnaire on the day of their appointment.

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