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Summer Blood Drive: Donors Urgently Needed

Leaders of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) are calling on blood donors to step forward in support of the local blood supply. The need is being driven by increasing levels of activity at local hospitals and a high number of blood drive cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  MVRBC projects it will lose nearly 20,000 donations from cancelled blood drives between March and August of this year. To help ensure an adequate blood supply, while still protecting the safety of our nation’s blood supply the FDA has concluded that current policies regarding donor eligibility criteria can be modified. The main policy changes that may affect donors in our parish are: Those who spent time in certain European countries who were previously considered to have been exposed to a potential risk of transmission of Creutzfeldt - Jakob disease will now be eligible to donate. And the deferral time for recent tattoos and piercings is now 3 months, down from twelve months.

Our St Gabriel the Archangel Summer blood drive is a week away, Sunday July 26th. We will be following increased safety guidelines during the drive including requiring masks for all who enter the donation space, use of hand sanitizer at each station, wiping down each station as donors pass through, and adherence to six foot distancing. All presenting ​​donors get a voucher to redeem for their choice of a $10 gift card. Please save the date and consider donating.

Services for Seniors:

In an effort to continue to keep our senior parishioners safe in their own homes, we have many volunteers available and ready to run errands for groceries and medications. We also have homemade masks available. Please call the rectory and leave a message for Judy if you need this service or if you need a mask.

Volunteers:

I am also still happily taking donations of homemade masks, as well as looking for volunteers who can help make fan-fold disposable masks to provide for those who come to mass without a mask. I have a simple pattern that requires only two seams run on a sewing machine. The seams can be stapled as well. I will supply all the precut materials. 353-6303 or email at hunterj@stgabrielstl.org  

To contact me, I am in the office most days between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and on Saturday mornings. Call 353-6303 ext 125 or email hunterj@stgabrielstl.org

Additional information about the parish nurse can be found on the Parish Website at Parish Nurse Ministry

 

 

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