Luck of the Irish Blood Drive to be held March 16-17

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Blood donors will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

The Community Library in Prosper is hosting a Carter Blood Drive on March 16 and on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.  This blood drive is to address the current shortage in the area, as well as to encourage community participation to serve others.  

Recent weather caused donation sites to close for a week.  This, combined with low donations, has caused the Carter BloodDrive organization to have critically low supplies.  All healthy residents are encouraged to donate, which will rebuild the supply.  The Centers for Disease Control has determined that donating blood, with or without previous Covid-19 exposure, is safe.

Amy Shannon, a staff member of the library and drive coordinator, encouraged participants to sign up for an appointment time.  This will allow for the Carter staff to provide proper social distancing and decrease wait times.  

Participants will be tested for Covid-19 antibodies, which will indicate if the donors have been exposed to the virus.  All participants will also receive a brief physical from Carter BloodDrive staff.  All who wish to participate should be in good physical health and will be asked a variety of health-related questions.  Masks will be required.  

According to the Carter BloodCare donation website, all donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good physical health.  The process takes about 30 minutes, including screening time, donation, and recovery.  All participants will receive points toward thank you gifts, and coupons from Dr. Pepper and participating McDonalds.  

Pre-registration is encouraged and is available at https://ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/122659 for March 16 and https://ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/122660 for March 17.  More information is available on the registration website or by contacting Amy Shannon at ashannon@prospertx.gov.

Blood supplies are running low after the recent extemely cold weather.