Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of blood in Mississippi, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Senatobia Main Street have partnered to host a blood drive with Mississippi Blood Services (MBS) on Friday, April 17.
According to MBS, donating blood is considered an essential task under a “Shelter in Place” order, as the need for blood is a crucial element in many aspects of healthcare. MBS has stressed that donating blood is safe, and the organization is taking every precaution recommended by the FDA and the CDC to keep donors and staff as safe as possible.
The Northwest Community Blood Drive will take place on Northwest’s Senatobia campus in the Howard Coliseum parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Walk-ups are welcome, but participants may sign up ahead of time at www.signupgenius.com/go/904084BADAA2DABF58-senatobia. Those participating in the blood drive will be treated to a loaded tea from Tate Nutrition in Senatobia.
To err on the side of caution, participants are asked to remain in their vehicles while waiting to be allowed in the Donor Coach. Only 10 individuals will be allowed on the MBS Donor Coach at any given time, including staff members.
For more information on MBS, visit their website at msblood.com. For more information about Northwest, visit northwestms.edu.