Getting back from vacation and going through all of my e-mails (mostly spam), I came across one to which I couldn't turn a blind eye. My friends over at the Providence Performing Arts Center are holding a blood drive because the need for blood is dire.

As you can imagine, less people are out donating blood now due to fears that surround the pandemic, yet the need for blood hasn't gone away – as a matter of fact, it is only greater right now. Did you know that donated blood is needed about every two seconds for people with all types of medical conditions?

"The need for blood donation is great in light of the COVID-19 pandemic," said PPAC President and CEO Lynn Singleton. "PPAC is pleased to support the Rhode Island Blood Center by hosting this blood drive in our Grand Lobby.”

The blood drive will take place on Thursday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To keep everyone safe, they are requiring you to make an appointment, which you can do on the Rhode Island Blood Center website. There are still plenty of spots left.

To make giving blood that much easier, the PPAC is providing free parking on the Page Street side of the theater for blood donors, and donors will receive a thank you gift from Boscov's at the Providence Place Mall. Hmmm, I wonder what it could be?

The moral of the story: get out and donate blood if you can, it doesn't cost anything and you are possibly saving your neighbor's life.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app