Donors who participate in the Prosper Community Library’s March blood drive won’t be required to wear a green item of clothing, dance an Irish jig, or carry a shamrock in their pocket, but they might benefit from a bit of the ‘luck of the Irish,’ according to drive coordinator Amy Shannon.
Set for Tuesday, March 16 and St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17, the blood drive will be conducted in conjunction with Carter BloodCare and will utilize the mobile blood donation units parked at the library, 200 S. Main St. in Prosper.
Shannon, Library Administrative Assistant, says donors are encouraged to make appointments for their donations, allowing the Carter staff to ensure that appropriate social distancing is maintained within the mobile units. Donors may visit https://ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/122659 to make an appointment on March 16, and https://ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/122660 to make appointments on March 17.
Blood donations have been deemed safe by the Centers for Disease Control. Masks are required, and donors should be in good overall health when appearing for their donation. Carter BloodCare provides donors a mini-physical and is now testing blood donations for antibodies to the COVID-19 virus. Donors can thus determine whether or not they have been exposed to the virus.
Appointments can be made as early as 7:35 a.m. and as late as 5:35 p.m. on both days. In addition to earning points which can be redeemed for thank you gifts, donors will receive coupons good for food and drink items from participating McDonald’s restaurants and Dr. Pepper.
The Prosper Community Library regularly hosts blood drives through Carter BloodCare and promotes them to their patrons, residents, and the general public. The importance of the two-day Prosper drive is enhanced because of the diminished collections and canceled drives due to the recent winter storm.
The effects of the winter storm along with the lingering effects of the pandemic continue to hamper Carter BloodCare’s blood drive operations. The organization is asking eligible and healthy blood donors to schedule appointments and donate. These donations are important in rebuilding the critically low blood supply.