Fr. Perez Blood Drive

Fr. Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 Grand Knight Nate Smith donates blood as Knight Tom Malburg lends fraternal support. Smith invites the community to the council’s blood drive on May 22 at the Perez Clubhouse, 3422 W. 111th St., in Mt. Greenwood.

Fr. Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 invites members of the community to become 45-minute heroes by participating in its blood drive.

Phlebotomists and nurses from Vitalant (formerly LifeSource) will draw blood donations on Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Perez Clubhouse, 3422 W. 111th St.

Grand Knight Nate Smith, a regular blood donor, is chairing the drive.

“It’s usual to think of donated blood being used in life-threatening trauma events,” said Smith. “Much more blood is needed for those fighting cancer or coping with a life-threatening illness. COVID and extreme winter weather has slowed the number of blood donations greatly. The need has rarely been greater than it is this spring.”

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, 16 with signed parental consent. A photo ID is required.

While walk-ins are welcome and much appreciated, Smith urged appointments. Donors are advised to prepare for their donation by eating well and staying hydrated.

Appointments can be made at the Vitalant website using code 323G.

For more information or to make an appointment, email Smith at southsiders1123@yahoo.com.