931st ARW hosts blood drive

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein
  • 931st Air Refueling Wing

Partnering with the American Red Cross, the 931st Air Refueling Wing will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Robert J. Dole Community, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. This will be the first blood drive the Reserve unit has hosted a blood drive in more than five years.

Due to the nature of the current pandemic, the process is slightly different than members may be accustomed to. For example, instead of taking walk-ins, potential donations are by appointment due to COVID-19. Those wishing to donate can sign-up online via RedCrossBlood.org (use code MAF), download the Blood Donor App, or call the Red Cross appointment line at 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767).

Walk-ins will only be accepted if there is an open spot at the time of your arrival, otherwise, we request that you sign-up ahead of time. Additionally, there are specific times set aside for those donating double red blood cells (those with the A-, B- and O+/- types).

Requirements for donating:
- Mask wear is MANDATORY
- No outside food or drink allowed (snacks and drinks provided)
- No guests or children allowed
- People over the age of 18 and healthy 16 to 17 year-olds and up are able to donate as long as they meet these restrictions

According to the official American Red Cross website, if one person donates blood, they can save the lives of up to eight people. Saving lives is the reason Capt. Cameron Goswick, 931st ARW executive officer, chose to organize the event for the Wing.

“I got involved because it’s an easy way to save a life, and with the current pandemic, it’s important for those who can to keep the supply going,” he said.

Tammy McCune, Kansas and Oklahoma Region Red Cross account manager, agreed.

“The need is constant, and it doesn’t stop because of a pandemic,” said McCune. “The hospital patients depend on those that are healthy and eligible to donate.”

According to McCune, the Red Cross is hoping to receive at least 75 units by October 3. For more information, please visit RedCrossBlood.org.