Asheville Outlets will host a blood donation drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Friday, May 29, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The blood drive will be held indoors in the storefront between Famous Footwear and VF Factory Outlet.
The American Red Cross will establish additional safety guidelines to ensure all donors are socially distanced. Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/give and entering the sponsor code Ashevilleoutlets. If you cannot donate blood, you can still help by making a monetary donation at RedCross.org/donate/donation.
“The need for blood donations continues and Asheville Outlets is pleased to serve the community as a host for this important drive,” says Carla De Maria, Marketing Director of Asheville Outlets.
It is safe to donate blood. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the coronavirus (COVID-19) does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives.
Red Cross Donation Safety Protocols
There are no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus.
Donating blood products is essential to community health and eligible donors are strongly urged to donate blood, platelets, or AB Elite plasma. The Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation – and who meet other eligibility requirements.
To ensure our staff are healthy each day, we have implemented standard staff health assessments prior to all blood drives. Finally, only eligible and healthy people can give blood. These mitigation measures will help ensure blood recipient safety, as well as staff and donor safety in reducing contact with those who may potentially have this respiratory infection.