In an effort to help the community during this global health crisis, The Health Museum will host a Community Blood Drive this Thursday and Friday afternoon. Those who give blood will not only enjoy the benefit of helping combat a local shortage of blood and blood products, but they’ll also get the added benefit of free antibody testing that could help determine if they’ve already had COVID-19.
“Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and The Health Museum are working together during this pandemic to save lives. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center needs 800 to 1,000 daily donations to be able to provide blood and blood products to 170 hospitals and health care institutions in the local region,” a news release from The Health Museum stated.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had numerous effects on the nation’s health, but one negative consequence many people might not be aware of is that it’s caused critical blood shortages here in the Houston area and all across the country.
“It’s not due to more COVID-19 patients needing blood products. Rather, it’s a lack of donations coming in,” Dr. Justin Kreuter, transfusion medicine specialist with the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center said recently. “Our collections have really plummeted because of the concerns about being out in the community.”
The Health Museum’s partnership with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on this two-day blood drive is aiming to help with this serious problem of blood shortages in the Houston area.
If you’re interested in donating blood and getting free antibody testing, the blood drive will take place from Thursday, September 24, 2020, to Friday, September 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at The Health Museum – located at 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas 77004. Appointments are required, and you can make an appointment for Thursday by clicking here or for Friday by clicking here.
All donors will also receive free HERO Socks for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month as a thank you for their donation.