Blood drive underway at News Channel 8, Boston Market

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Donate blood at News Channel 8 and Boston Market

TAMPA (WFLA) – News Channel 8 and Boston Market are hosting a blood drive Friday in front of the news center and participating Boston Market locations in Tampa Bay.

Appointments should have been made at least 12 hours before the blood drive, therefore the appointment window has closed.

6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WFLA News Channel 8
200 South Parker Street
Tampa, 33606
OR
Boston Market Locations
12:30 – 6 p.m.

Blood donations are needed now and especially heading into the Memorial Day holiday. The need for blood never takes a holiday and blood drives are needed now more than ever. Many regular blood drives have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Community partners like News Channel 8 and Boston Market are stepping up to hold blood drives during this challenging time for blood centers.

Blood donors receive:

  • $5 off Boston Market Coupon
  • $10 eGift card
  • OneBlood insulated water bottle and cooler
  • Wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. A photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.

The U.S. Surgeon General and the FDA have stated that it remains safe to donate blood and that it is safe to attend blood drives.

All blood centers are regulated by the FDA and must follow strict guidelines on how they operate. OneBlood meets all FDA guidelines and all team members follow strict safety protocols including:

• All OneBlood staff are required to wear masks.
• All OneBlood phlebotomists wear medical gloves that are changed for each donation.
• Blood donors should follow the guidelines for wearing masks in the county where the blood drive is taking place.
• All donor-touched areas and equipment are disinfected after every donation. This includes, donor beds, registration tablets, blood-pressure cuff and hemoglobin sensors.
• A sterile collection set is used for every donation.
• Every donor receives a mini-physical that includes a temperature check to ensure donors are healthy and well on the day of donation.
• Only people who are healthy are eligible to donate blood.

Social Distancing at Blood Drives and Donor Centers
OneBlood has implemented additional social distancing safety protocols including:

• Blood Drives: Only a certain number of people will be permitted on the Big Red Bus at any one time. Donors will be asked to provide their cell phone number so they can wait in their car or outside the bloodmobile. They will be called when it is their turn to come aboard the bus to donate blood.

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