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St. Luke’s Hospital, The Blood Connection to host blood drive July 30

Now more than ever, we need you to give the gift of life on Thursday, July 30 and receive a $20 Visa gift card.

The Blood Connection mobile unit will be located in the parking lot at the rear of St. Luke’s Hospital from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A sign directing people to social distance will be displayed at registration.

The following social distancing and safety guidelines will be observed: no one will be allowed to wait on the bus prior to or after donation; donors will go directly from registration into a screening room with no sitting on bus benches; donors will then go directly from the screening room to a bed to donate blood; all four beds on the mobile unit will be operational; door handles and surfaces donors touch will be frequently wiped down; there will be an increased use of hand sanitizer for both donors and staff; staff will wear masks and donors are strongly encouraged to also wear masks.

St. Luke’s Hospital is located at 101 Hospital Drive in Columbus. After taking the main entrance from Highway 108 onto the hospital campus, keep right and follow signs to the Rehabilitation Center. The mobile unit is located in the parking lot next to the Rehabilitation Center.

Donors should bring a TBC donor card or photo ID. Walk-ins are accepted; however, appointments are strongly recommended and can be scheduled at 828-585-8060.

Submitted by Becky Rickenbaker