The Knights of Columbus pioneered national blood drives in the 1930s, and giving blood remains an important element of charitable service for many Knights.
During the current pandemic, blood donations are vitally needed, particularly from those with the O-negative blood type.
Those considering making a blood donation should be in good health, under 60 years of age, and do not have underlying medical conditions. To reduce unnecessary physical contact with others, blood donations should only be made on an appointment basis.
For the same reason, it is not recommended that you go out in public for any reason — including to give blood — if you are over 60 years of age, are feeling ill, or have an underlying medical condition. The same holds true if you live with an individual who is feeling ill, is over 60 , or has an underlying condition.
Blood donations can be scheduled at https://www.redcrossblood.org/
Originally published in a special bi-weekly edition of Knightline, a resource for K of C leaders and members. To access Knightline’s monthly archives.
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