AATC Partners with American Red Cross for 4th Blood Drive in 2020

by Cayce Coon, Madera Residential, AATC's NextGen Committee Chair

History continues to show that AATC members step up in a big way when called upon. As we’ve seen with the recent Christmas in July, and the upcoming Silent Auction, our membership takes care of those in need. They are the first to pray for you when you need it, the first to offer encouragement, the first to make monetary contributions when needed; and we’ve already seen this year, the first to donate badly needed blood during this historical pandemic.  

As a project of the AATC NextGen Committee, AATC has partnered with the American Red Cross to host blood drives in the pastSo far in 2020, despite the COVID pandemic, we have already hosted three blood drives and officially now have a 4th on the calendar.  

This pandemic has hit our communities hard and harvesting blood from donors has been especially difficult. In any given year, blood is often in short supply, but this year has been especially extraneous as the blood shortage during COVID has been greatly amplified. Take in account that blood drives are also cancelled constantly and the number of people allowed to give blood at the same time has been greatly limited due to social distancing. 

AATC has been honored and proud that we are able to utilize our facility in way that allows us to park the donor coach at AATC. 

All that to say our next Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday, September 10th at the AATC Office – Sign up here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=AATC. Be aware, there will be limited slots available, so you’ll have to act quick! 

Here is a breakdown of the overall units collected within the last year – each unit saves 3 lives  

  • 9/13/2019 – 28 units collected 
  • 4/7/2020 – 14 units collected (only half the appointment times available) 
  • 4/15/2020 – 13 units collected (also only half appointments available) 
  • 7/16/2020 – 24 units collected (limited number of appointments available)  

We know that AATC will, once again, keep on giving to help those in need—this time, it could be the difference between life or death. 

Cacey Coon, Madera Residential, is AATC’s NextGen Committee Chair. For more information about the committee or the blood drive, contact Annie Williams at awilliams@aatcnet.org.