HFM to host blood drive on March 31.

Every three seconds, someone needs a blood donation. Holy Family Memorial is partnering with Versiti BloodCenter of Wisconsin to address that need through a blood drive on Wednesday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the HFM Medical Center, 2300 Western Avenue, Manitowoc.

Blood donations are especially needed now as blood supplies are low due to reduced donations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. There is a shortage of type O blood. Eligible donors with type O blood are encouraged to donate to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.

Individuals must be 16 years or older to donate blood. Individuals who are 16 years old must be in general good health and meet the general criteria to donate with parental consent. Donors are advised to bring a photo ID or blood donor card, eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. Donors will have their temperature checked at the door and are required to wear a mask.

Donors who are not feeling well or have tested positive for COVID-19 should not schedule an appointment to donate blood until they are symptom-free for 14 days and feeling well and healthy.

Versiti will perform antibody testing on all successfully completed blood donations as part of their standard testing. The test will inform donors if they have antibodies reflective of a prior CVOID-19 infection. The antibody test does not inform donors if they currently have COVID-19.

Donation stations will use appropriate social distancing. Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are recommended to ensure the drive runs smoothly and efficiently. To schedule a blood donation appointment, visit hfmhealth.org/blood-drive or call (920) 320-2243.