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YMCA to Host Community Blood Drive for Vitalant on June 6 and 7


Sacramento YMCA Community Blood Drive

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7

Where:Sacramento Central YMCA Gym-2021 W Street, Sacramento 95818

Time:10:00am – 3:00pm

What:Blood drive for Vitalant at the Sacramento YMCA where donors can learn their COVID-19 antibody status. Blood donation need is at critical levels as hospitals offer more medical procedures.

For more information, visit:www.ymcasuperiorcal.org/blooddrive.

Blood Drive

The Sacramento Central YMCA will host a Community Blood Drive with Vitalant at the Sacramento Central YMCA Gym at 2021 W. Street, Sacramento, CA 95818on Saturday June 6, and Sunday June 7 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Blood donors are needed now and in the coming days and weeks to help us stabilize our community blood supply as Vitalant continues to feel the impacts of COVID-19. Blood Donation is an essential health care activity, and it is safe to donate. To comply with social distancing practices, donors are asked to make an appointment atdonors.vitalant.org.

Blood donation will deliver double the good to help save lives because donors will be able to learn their COVID-19 antibody status, which is especially important given the critical shortage of blood as hospitals have increased surgeries and other procedures. Antibody tests are used to tell if someone had a past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This testing, however, does not indicate whether the antibodies neutralize the virus and protect against reinfection.

“Even though our gym is currently closed for fitness activities, the YMCA is committed to being there for our community’s health in other ways,” says Sharna Braucks, President & CEO, YMCA of Superior California. “We are proud to lend Vitalant our gym this weekend so that they can host more blood donors safely and also help people move forward with work, school and daily activities thanks to the antibody testing.”

Appointments are highly encouraged and are going quickly, but some walk-ups may be accepted if social distancing allows for it at that time.

Check the Vitalant website link for the latest eligibility information relating to COVID-19 athttps://vitalant.org/Donate/Donor-Eligibility.aspx. For questions on donor eligibility please contact Vitalant at 1.877.258.4825. Please bring a photo identification. Eat well and drink plenty of water prior to donation. 16-year old’s need a signed Vitalant parental consent form Link to parental consent form. There is no upper age limit for blood donation.

For more information, visit:www.ymcasuperiorcal.org/blooddrive.


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