The announcement from the Red Cross and other blood suppliers that the blood supply is getting low is hitting close to home.

Cancer patients require a steady blood supply for their surgeries and other treatments.

I finished my treatment four years ago, so I’m lucky, but there are folks still needing treatment today, of course. And even with a pandemic, there are still car wrecks and gunshot wounds and all kinds of catastrophes that require blood donations.

The Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Faith Fellowship Church of the Nazarene at 1104 Griffith Ave. in Terrell. Registration is online at RedCrossBlood.org with code FFCOTN

With so many schools, businesses and events closed for now, there are fewer places for people to donate. With a blood drive, appointments can be limited, and beds spaced out, so there won’t be contact with other donors.

If you’re healthy, please consider making an appointment today. The Red Cross site also lists upcoming drives in Mesquite, Ennis and Garland. And heck, many folks don’t have anything better to do right now anyway!

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