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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – The Childress Community Blood Drive helped with COVID-19’s blood shortage, according to officials.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out and donating,” said Blood Drive Co-Director Terri Cobb. “We met our goal. We had a great blood drive.”
The drive was held Sept. 15 at the City Auditorium foyer in Childress Fair Park
Fifty donors signed in to give blood and 46 were able to donate, Cobb said. Because of COVID-19, blood drive volunteers encouraged donors to schedule appointments instead of doing walk-ins for this drive. Cobb said it really helped, because donors answered questions on their phone app ahead of time.
“Lots of people made appointments,” Cobb said. “It really helped things go faster and smoother.”
Cobb added they spread everyone out who was waiting inside the Auditorium foyer. In addition to social distancing, all donors and staff wore masks.
After donating, donors received a Big Foot T-shirt, a coupon for a free bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes and one free entry to the Don Harrington Discovery Center, blood drive volunteer Sue Henderson said. All donations were tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and test results were available post donation to each individual person.
The next blood drive hosted by Coffee Memorial Blood Center is scheduled for Dec. 8.