The Community Blood Bank is urging donors to continue to make blood donation appointments as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. All donors in May will be automatically entered to win a kayak package, complete with two kayaks, paddles and a $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.

Upon the introduction of COVID-19 in the United States, blood centers faced the troubling prospect that many mobile blood drives, which account for the vast majority of donations, would be canceled. To date, nearly 355,000 blood donations have been lost in the U.S. as a result of these canceled opportunities.

However, residents in the communities provided an unprecedented response to this unprecedented challenge. Thanks to your selflessness and willingness to act, the team at CBB screened 700 more donors in March than the original estimates for the month.

Now that hospitals are starting to resume elective surgeries, the need for blood is expected to increase quickly and significantly. As the exclusive blood provider to UPMC Cole, this is why you are needed now more than ever to maintain the adequate blood supply for the local hospitals.

Consider donating at the blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 18 at UPMC Cole, 1001 E. 2nd St., Coudersport.

Call Shari Jerman at 814-688-3696 to schedule an appointment to donate.

The CBB is going taking precautionary measures to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all donors, staff and volunteers, including masks, taking temperatures of all personnel prior to entering the blood drive, extra sanitation measures between donors and spreading the chairs and collection beds further apart.

For more information or to find out if you are eligible visit www.fourhearts.org or call 877-842-0631.