The Stephenville Knights of Columbus along with Carter BloodCare will be hosting their bi-annual blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at St. Brendan’s Newman Hall located at 1444 W. Washington St.


This blood drive takes on an extra significance due to Carter BloodCare’s critically low blood supply.


On May 18, www.carterbloodcare.org issued a news release stating that all blood donors are needed now.


“Our community’s blood inventory is in a critical shortage,” the release states. “There is less than one day’s supply and no available support to bring in blood from other community blood centers, due to a nationwide shortage. The effects of the quarantine and social distancing, as well as available locations to host blood drives, have made our efforts to keep up with demand even more challenging.”


For everyone’s safety, a mask is required to be worn by all donors and participants in the blood drive. A mask will be provided, if necessary.


In order to manage appointments and fill slots to ensure social distancing, all donors are asked to go online at ww3.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/111772 and schedule a time.


Walk-ins will be welcome, subject to time and space. It is strongly suggested for donors to select a time slot online.


“I encourage everyone to donate blood,” said Knights of Columbus Blood Drive Coordinator John Seifert. “This will be very safe. We have the room for everyone to be separated. If you have never given blood, this is a great opportunity. The coronavirus is not requiring blood. The shortage is due to people not getting out. There’s no need to be reluctant. The Carter staff has always been very accommodating. There will be people there to ensure that everything is cleaned and wiped down. It's a great time for first time blood givers.”


For more information, email Seifert at j4seifert@hotmail.com.