Committed To Community…What FAMA Is Doing Next
Ismaili Council for the Southeastern USA, Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and Red Cross host interfaith community blood drive to help ensure a constant blood supply amid COVID-19 outbreak July 5 – August 1.
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the community is invited to donate blood from July 5 to August 1 at various locations in Atlanta.
In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30% after sharply declining in early April amid this rapidly changing and complex public health crisis. At the same time, blood drives continue to be canceled as many businesses and community organizations remain closed. Donors are needed to make and keep scheduled appointments to help meet the current need.
It’s important to remember that red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days of donation and platelets within just five days. So, they must constantly be replenished. There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of donors and blood drive hosts to ensure blood products are readily available for patients. Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Donors of all blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, from a computer or mobile device on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Volunteers from the interfaith community are needed for 3-hour shifts to support Red Cross workers at each location. If you are interested and can help, please fill out this volunteer form: https://forms.gle/kaDNyxc6fgTztQU76.
Blood Drive Dates and Locations:
- Sunday, July 5, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ismaili Jamatkhana – Atlanta South
122 Flat Creek Trail, Fayetteville, GA 30215
Sponsor Code: IsmailiJamatkhanaSO
- Sunday, July 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
lsmaili Jamatkhana – Atlanta Northwest
120 Interstate N Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
Sponsor Code: IsmailiJamatkhanaNW
- Friday, July 17, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
lsmaili Jamatkhana – Duluth
4475 River Green Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30096
Sponsor Code: IsmailiJamatkhanaDU
- Sunday, July 19, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
lsmaili Jamatkhana – Atlanta Northeast
4405-A International Blvd NW, Norcross, GA, 30093
Sponsor Code: IsmailiJamatkhanaNE
- Saturday, August 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
lsmaili Jamatkhana – Atlanta Headquarters
685 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur, GA 30033
Sponsor Code: IsmailiJamatkhanaHQ
BLOOD DRIVE PRECAUTIONS. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all 2020-APL-00666 those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.