The Columbia chapter of the Red Cross will be partnering with the City of Columbia to host its eighth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 2. The blood drive comes at a critical time of year when donations are scarce.
“Every year we’ve done this as a way to kind of bring the community together and … bring more awareness to the importance of blood donations and the need for blood,” said Red Cross external communications manager Maya Franklin.
Franklin said the yearly blood shortage is due to multiple factors, including seasonal illness and holidays. Additionally, several blood drives were cancelled this year due to winter weather which resulted in a loss of about 650 donations.
Franklin is hoping the Lifesavers Blood Drive will have an impact on the shortage and is encouraging everyone to attend, including first-time donors.
“If you’ve never given blood before, consider the impact that you’ll have just by making one blood donation. One donation can potentially save up to three lives,” she said.
The Lifesavers Blood Drive will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.