GRMC, First United Methodist Church host blood drive

Ashley Inge

Glen Rose Medical Center (GRMC) and First United Methodist Church (FUMC) have partnered with Carter BloodCare to host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, June 5, at the First United Methodist Church Family Center.

This blood drive is especially important due to Carter BloodCare’s critical blood shortage.

On May 18, released a press release stating that all blood donors are needed now.

“Our community’s blood inventory is in a critical shortage,” the press release states. “There is less than 1 day’s supply and no available support to bring in blood from other community blood centers, due to a nationwide shortage. The effects of the quarantine and social distancing, as well as available locations to host blood drives, have made our efforts to keep up with demand even more challenging.”

All donors are asked to wear a mask or some sort of face covering. All participants in the blood drive will be practicing social distancing guidelines.

“We encourage folks to come and join us as we are a part of the effort to fight COVID-19,” said Owen McKnight, pastor at First United Methodist Church. “Carter BloodCare told us that we can make an appointment on the Carter BloodCare website but they’ve also told us that if that’s too complicated, folks can come on and they’ll process us as people show up. We would love for people to come and join us here at First Methodist as we love our neighbor and love our God.”

The goal for both GRMC and FUMC is to have 50 pints of blood leave Somervell County.