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Wednesday, June 17 from 9 AM to 2 PM

We are all in this together!

It is in this spirit that Temple Shalom will be holding a Red Cross Blood Drive. The need for blood donations right now is as important as it’s ever been. The Red Cross is urging healthy, eligible individuals to donate to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and avoid potential shortages (see eligibility notes below). The blood drive will take place in the Social Hall and is by appointment only

Register Online at In the top right corner, enter sponsor code: tsnewton

Between now and June 1, registration will be for temple members only and will then be open to the public after that. Register by June 1st for the best spots!  Questions? Contact the Red Cross here or Allan Cole at 617-240-6314. 

Safety Precautions

The American Red Cross would like to reassure the public that we have implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors and staff including but not limited to:

  • Checking the temperature of staff, volunteers and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy. Anyone with a temperature greater than 99.5 °F may not enter the blood drive. 
  • Wearing masks, gloves and changing gloves between donors. 
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
  • Measures will be taken to physically separate donors as much as possible and whenever possible to prevent donors from congregating in waiting and refreshment areas. In accordance with Governor Baker’s current Order, we will limit the presence of donors and staff at blood drives to no more than 25 people at the same time.   Excess donors will need to step away from the location of the blood drive (and maybe wait in the hallways or their cars.)  
  • Hand Sanitizer will be placed at Check-In, Health History and Refreshment areas. Donors are required to use hand sanitizer prior to touching tablets or laptops and before eating or drinking. Staff will sanitize all equipment and surfaces touched by donors between each donor using Sani-cloths or Cavi-cide.
  • The refreshment area will be completely Red Cross-supplied wrapped snacks. Tables will be separated so that full social distancing can occur.

There are no data or evidence that this coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus including this coronavirus worldwide. Donating blood does not impact or weaken the immune system. 


The Red Cross has also implemented new blood donation deferrals out of an abundance of caution. We are now asking that individuals postpone their donation for 28 days following: Travel to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, Italy or South Korea; Diagnosis of COVID-19, contact with a person who has or is suspected to have the virus. We believe these measures will help to keep blood recipients, staff, and donors safe.

Mon, June 1 2020 9 Sivan 5780