To make sure there’s a dependable blood supply locally, Hackensack Lions and Faith in Action for Cass County have teamed up to schedule a community blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Hackensack Community Center.

Blood can only be used for 42 days, so a constant supply is always needed no matter the season. Winter has challenges with the threat of weather/travel and holiday schedules and planning.

“In areas with harsh winter weather, cold weather and storms often keep people from donating blood,” says Katie Bartelson, Donor Recruitment Representative of Vitalant. “With fewer people donating blood, some parts of the country run the risk of having critical blood shortages.”

To schedule an appointment, call Faith in Action at 218-675-5435 or go online to www.bloodhero.com and use sponsor code: Hackensack. Appointments are encouraged to keep donors socially distanced. Face masks/coverings are required at all times.

Vitalant is offering COVID-19 antibody testing with each complete blood draw to help find future convalescent plasma donors! Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.