Catalina Foothills Church to Host Blood Drive Wednesday May 13

Catalina Foothills Church to Host Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Tucson, AZ, May 7, 2020 – Catalina Foothills Church is partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive next Wednesday (May 13) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their 2150 E. Orange Grove Road Tucson location. With no known end date to the coronavirus fight, the American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to make appointments to donate blood or platelets to ensure blood remains readily available for patients who still rely on transfusions.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross in hosting a blood drive,” said John Stone, Lead Pastor of Catalina Foothills Church. “In these unprecedented times it is a privilege to provide people and space to meet the needs of our community.”

“Because more than 80% of blood donations made to the American Red Cross come from blood drive partners like Catalina Foothills Church, they play a vital role in helping the Red Cross ensure blood is available for patients at 23 hospitals across the Arizona Region and 2500 nationwide,” said Jason Benedict, Red Cross regional donor services executive. “We thank the church and all of our faith-based partners that have helped ensure we have a readily available supply of blood during this uncertain time.”

To take part in the blood drive, all participants must pre-schedule an appointment time. To register, follow this link or call 520.615.8500 Ext. 110 with any questions. Face coverings or masks are required while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

The Red Cross has implemented measures to ensure blood drives and donation centers follow the highest standards of safety and infection control, including

  • Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy.
  • Spacing beds to follow social distancing practices between blood donors.
  • Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.
  • Staff wearing basic face masks.

According to RedCrossBlood.org, donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.”

Catalina Foothills Church is a vibrant church serving the Tucson community. A place to Rest, Remind, and Reflect, it offers Sunday worship, education, fellowship, prayer, and missions, with numerous ministries and outreaches. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Catalina Foothills Church now holds worship services online at 10 a.m. on Sundays.  It will continue with online worship until such time as the CDC and Arizona state officials have deemed it safe to congregate in groups of ten or more. More information on Catalina Foothills Church can be found at cfcpca.org.

Media Contact: Jennifer  Bunderle, 520.615.8500 Ext. 110 or jennifer@cfcpca.org