Red Cross’ Diversity-Community Blood Drive set for Richmond

Red Cross’ Diversity-Community Blood Drive set for Richmond
Photo credit: American Red Cross

By Kathy Chouteau 

The American Red Cross is teaming up with the City of Richmond Tues., Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to host a “Diversity-Community Blood Drive” aimed at meeting urgent demand and helping people with sickle cell disease. Appointments are required.

The Blood Drive is set for the Richmond Memorial Auditorium’s Bermuda Room, 2533 Nevin Ave. in Richmond. City Manager Steven Falk has waived the fees for the American Red Cross’ use of the space due to the special circumstances impacting the African American community. 

“This drive is targeting donors who are African American because there is a particular shortage of blood that is suitable for African Americans who need it. And so that being the case, I have used my authority as the city manager to waive the fees for the use of that facility,” said Falk during the Richmond City Council’s Oct. 27 meeting. 

According to the American Red Cross, donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to its donors.

To schedule an appointment during the Blood Drive, click here or call 1-800-REDCROSS.