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Community Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 29 @ 2:00 pm
North Shore Center Lobby

2pm – 6pm

COVID-19 Antibody Test Will Now be Performed on All Donations!

Click Here to Make Your
Blood Donation Appointment Today!

Donor Requirements:
Age 17 or older, Weight of at least 110 lbs., Healthy on Drive-day

The North Shore Center again asks you to please roll up your sleeves and donate blood to help others in this time of continued need. We are hosting a community blood drive for local hospitals organized with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. The United States is still experiencing a significant national blood shortage. Regular blood drive venues, such as schools, universities, places of worship, and large corporate headquarters have been shuttered or cancelled their planned blood drives due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Red Cross Warns of a ‘Staggering’ Drop of Blood Supplies”
New York Times (June 3)

Know the Facts About Blood Donations

  • One unit of blood can save up to three lives.
  • Appointments (registration, donation & check-out) last one hour and the blood donation draw is only about 10 minutes long.
  • Recently, many businesses and corporate headquarters have cancelled blood drives.
  • There is currently a serious national blood shortage & blood products collected only have a 42-day shelf life.
  • One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration report blood donations are safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Increased safety measures detailed below like health checks, social distancing and disinfection are all being closely followed.

Donor Requirements

  • Health | Donor must be in good health & feel well. Fever, persistent cough, sore throat or chest congestion is disqualifying.
  • Age | At least 17 years of age. A 16-year-old donor is eligible with written approval from guardian.
  • Weight | 110 pounds or more
  • Diet | Recommended to eat something with the four hours prior to the donation
  • Donation Frequency | There must be eight (8) weeks between regular whole blood donations. Waiting period must be sixteen (16) weeks after double red cell donations & seven (7) days after platelet donation.
  • Medications | Donors taking medications may be deferred from donating due to their underlying medical condition. Check with Versiti/Heartland staff for acceptability.
  • Travel | Travel to certain parts of the world may be cause for deferral. Check with Versiti/Heartland staff for acceptability.

Versiti will be performing the SARS CoV-2 antibody test on all blood donations as part of their standard testing going forward. Testing is done automatically on tubes collected as part of the donation, in addition to other FDA mandated infectious disease testing already performed.

For more information on antibody testing, see the Donor FAQs on Versisti’s website. Donors with antibodies may be eligible to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma. They are partnering with community hospitals to help COVID-19 patients specifically through this donation. Please note, the test will inform donors if they have antibodies reflective of a prior COVID-19 infection and is NOT to inform donors if they currently have COVID-19.

Blood Drive Safety Measures

Donor Health & Registration

  • Staff will have temperatures taken prior to workday
  • Donor temperatures will be taken at registration
  • Donors will be asked to wash hands prior to screening
  • Donors will be asked to self-defer if:
    • They have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
    • They are experiencing temperature, coughing or shortness of breath


Social Distancing

  • We encourage making appointments to lessen the amount of waiting and crowding
  • To comply with health regulations, all blood drive participants must wear a face mask
  • We ensure six-foot spacing between chairs in waiting, café and donation areas. We can also use protective medical screen separators
  • If congestion occurs at registration, we text message when your appointment is ready



  • Equipment, beds, and other surfaces are cleaned after each donor finishes their donation;
  • Normal practice is frequent changing of safety gloves, especially between donors;
  • Pen bins are sanitized, so donors are only using clean pens at sign-in.

Click Here to Make Your
Blood Donation Appointment Today!

Donor Requirements:
Age 17 or older, Weight of at least 110 lbs., Healthy on Drive-day