Doctors assistant checking access at female blood giver

Donating Blood Makes a Difference. Schedule an appointment to donate blood at Asheville Outlets (ShopAshevilleOutlets.com) on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, to benefit the American Red Cross. The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the American Red Cross Bloodmobile.

Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/give and entering the sponsor code Ashevilleoutlets. Check-in will be located at the Food Court entrance to the center. Donors will be able to wait in their vehicles or inside the Food Court until their appointment time.

Organizers will practice social distancing procedures and advanced safety protocols. All donations will be screened for COVID-19 antibodies. Donors who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may have the unique opportunity to help patients fighting the disease. 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.

If you cannot donate blood, you can still help by making a monetary donation at RedCross.org/donate/donation.

“Asheville Outlets is pleased to continue our partnership with the American Red Cross by hosting these vital blood donation drives which truly help save lives,” said Megan Thorp, Marketing Assistant for Asheville Outlets.

The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.

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