• The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to band together to give blood or platelets and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this holiday season. In thanks for making time to donate around Thanksgiving, those who give blood Nov. 25-28 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last.

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 anitbodies. 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 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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30:

Mercer – 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 17, Mercer Methodist Church, 250 E. Butler Street.

Hermitage – Noon to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3325 Morefield Road.

Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.


• Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center is offering a Virtual Coffee and Contemplation with Janet Burkhart, HM, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, discussing Reflections on Returning the Gift: An article by Robin W. Kmmerer. The cost is $5.

A Zoom link will be sent Monday.

• Central Christian Church, 218 Meadowbrook Rd., Hermitage, is holding a Prayer and Healing Service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. As an Ecumenical service, everyone of all faiths is welcome.

Due to the pandemic, this is an online/on the phone service only.

Info: Visit the church’s Facebook page or call 724-347-1703

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