MCALLEN, Texas – The strain of COVID-19 has impacted blood supplies nationwide, including the Rio Grande Valley.
In an effort to help low blood supplies the City of McAllen will be hosting a week long series of blood drives, called the Tour De Life Blood Drive.
The first drive will take place Monday, Aug. 3 at the McAllen City Hall from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Then each day the drive will move to a different location through Friday, Aug 7.
Mayor Jim Darling says while we are experiencing a pandemic, blood is still needed for surgeries, and emergency procedures. He also says some may be fearful of donating because of COVID-19, but he is encouraging everyone to come out and support the community.
“Where you get that supply is people out in the community giving blood, and so it’s like a civic duty. Just like you pay your taxes or you give money to charitable organizations, think about giving your blood. It’s life saving and it goes directly from you to the patient.” says Mayor Darling.
The mayor recently donated blood himself, and wants everyone to know it is a simple and painless process. Mayor Darling also says it is safe, as facial coverings, social distancing, and hand sanitizing will be required.
If you successfully donate, your blood will be given an antibody test which will show if you have had COVID-19.
If you would like to donate, click here for a full list of days, times and locations.