Hastings Chamber holding blood drive Friday

Donations important as ever as flu season approaches
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 9:27 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce, working with the Red Cross, is holding its first blood drive of the year on Friday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drive will take place at the City Auditorium in Hastings.

Typically the Chamber has two drives per year; one in spring and one in fall. However, the spring blood drive was cancelled over COVID-19 concerns. With natural disasters across the country, the pandemic and flu season, the need for blood donations is as high as ever. That’s why the Chamber wanted to go ahead with Friday’s drive.

“At this point in time blood donations are very, very low. With COVID and wildfires across the country, they’re very short on their blood donations," Nichole Rundle, the Program Coordinator at Hastings Chamber, said. "Especially with flu season they’re going to be even shorter on their blood donations so they’re really, really in need of blood.”

The Red Cross is also screening for COVID-19 antibodies for anyone who may want to do that on top of a donation. If positive for antibodies, that donor’s plasma could help someone going through treatment for COVID-19 right now.

People are asked to call (402) 461-8400 to make an appointment as space is limited. Masks will be required for anyone donating. You can also email Program Coordinator Nichole Rundle at to make an appointment.

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