Katrina Memorial Blood Drive kicks off tomorrow

The 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall is this Saturday and the American Red Cross is continuing to honor those on the Coast who were impacted by the storm through acts of service.

The Katrina Memorial Blood Drive started the year after Katrina and now it’s expanding into a three day event.

The Red Cross added a drive in Pass Christian to be held tomorrow, along with drives in Biloxi on Friday and Saturday.

WXXV is one of the sponsors of the event and this year additional COVID-19 safety measures such as temperature taking and mandatory mask wearing are in effect.

Denise Smith with the Red Cross says the response from the public this year has been very positive. “Even when we go through those tough times, everybody wants to have a way to give back. Giving blood is a way they can give back that doesn’t cost them anything, but it definitely makes them feel even better and makes them feel healthier and it makes them realize ‘hey, I just took the time out of my day and I helped to save three patients.”

Tomorrow’s drive in Pass Christian will be at the Randolph Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. while the Friday and Saturday sessions at Edgewater Mall will be held from noon to 7 p.m.

To set an appointment to give blood, visit redcrossblood.org and look up the sponsor code “KATRINA.”

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