Special Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of Harvey J. Steele

The community is invited to give blood in memory of longtime Toledo radio personality Harvey J. Steele at a special American Red Cross blood drive Friday, Dec. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel at the University of Toledo Medical Campus, 3100 Glendale Ave.

Harvey was a Toledo radio personality for more than 30 years, spending much of his career as part of the Shores & Steele duo on K-100. Harvey was quick-witted, goofy, generous and a friend to everyone.

Harvey was also a tireless champion for organ and blood donation, as a liver transplant and blood products gifted him another 20 years of life. He volunteered countless hours to Life Connection of Ohio, a non-profit that promotes and facilitates organ donation. His efforts were recognized by the United Network for Organ Sharing in 2016 when he received the organization’s prestigious National Donor Memorial Award.

Harvey’s family and friends encourage the community to give blood in his memory and ensure local patients have the blood they need. The traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s comes as the blood supply already faces challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Required medical treatments and emergencies don’t pause for the holidays or a widespread coronavirus outbreak. Blood, platelet and plasma donors are urged to give now to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients.

As a thank-you for helping meet the need for blood donations from Nov.15 through Dec. 15, Suburban Propane is offering those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane, to enable a lucky winner to enjoy socially distanced celebrations with family and friends this holiday season. The prize includes a propane-powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater and stipend towards propane. See complete official rules and terms and conditions of the giveaway.

Donate Blood in memory of Harvey J. Steele
Friday, Dec. 4, 2020
Noon to 6 p.m.
Radisson Hotel at the University of Toledo Medical Campus
3100 Glendale Ave. Toledo, OH 43614

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current

coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter code “Harvey”, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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