I know we dubbed 2020 as the worst year in the history, but 2021 has had its fair share of chaos. Covid-19 is still in the forefront and that pretty much puts a cloud over everything. But there are still ways we can help make the world a little brighter. Donating blood is simple and life saving. And you get juice and snacks after, which is always a plus after any good deed.

Boise Saves Lives: March Blood Drives have been up and running and this is their final week. So make sure you make your appointment now.

If you're near Downtown Boise, this is the location you're looking for and there are still several appointments available:
One Capital Center
Located on the 11th Floor
999 W. Main Street, Boise, ID 83702

Of course blood donation is always essential, so if you miss this drive, don't fret too much. You can visit RedCrossBlood.org to find upcoming blood drives and schedule your appointment. Just type your zip code in the search bar and all your options will pop up. It's seriously so easy-peasy, so you have no excuse to miss it!

The Red Cross does note on their site:

"The Red Cross is following FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination. If you receive a vaccine, knowing the name of the manufacturer (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson) is important in determining your eligibility. In most cases, there’s no deferral time if you receive a vaccine."

For more detailed information on that, click here.

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