One of our core values at Trietsch is Servant Ministry. This means putting ourselves aside to meet the needs of others. For more information about mission projects or more service opportunities, email Rev. Dr. Nick McRae at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood Donation FAQs
🡆 Is it safe to donate blood during a pandemic? Yes. American Red Cross and Carter BloodCare technicians are all highly trained in infection control measures and will employ protocols to keep everyone safe, including social distancing, mask wearing, and thorough sterilization of equipment. If you feel more comfortable making your donation in a larger, more open space, the 2/7 event in the Ministry Center should provide you the open space you seek. If you feel more comfortable in a highly-controlled environment, the 2/14 event in the Carter blood bus may be the option you prefer. To assist the technicians in keeping everyone safe, please sign up in advance of your donation and come to your appointment time wearing a mask.
🡆 Can I still give blood if I previously had COVID-19 and have recovered? Yes. In fact, both the American Red Cross and Carter BloodCare are actively seeking donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19. People who have recovered from COVID-19 have valuable virus antibodies in their blood. Medical professionals have found that blood containing these antibodies may serve as an effective treatment for those currently battling the virus. The American Red Cross will test all donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Carter will also test all blood for antibodies, and they will have a special convalescent plasma donation unit on-site for those who self-identify as having recovered from COVID-19 and who have been symptom-free for at least 14 days.
🡆 Can I still give blood if I’ve received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine? Yes. Some versions of the COVID-19 vaccine may require a waiting period between receiving the vaccine and donating blood, but otherwise getting vaccinated does not affect your ability to give. If you’ve received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, there is no waiting period, and you can safely give blood no matter how recently you were vaccinated. Most people who’ve been vaccinated here in North Texas have received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. If you received the AstraZeneca or Janssen/J&J vaccine, the FDA requires a four-week waiting period between receiving the vaccine and donating blood. Most people in North Texas don’t fall into this category. Do note, however, that while you can still donate blood after receiving any of the COVID-19 vaccines, you won’t be eligible to donate convalescent plasma.
🡆 Can I still give if I’m not a member of Trietsch, or if I'm not attending in-person services at Trietsch right now? Of course! All drives are open to the public, and we hope you'll come give no matter who you are. We also recognize that many Trietsch members and attenders are worshiping with us from home right now for health reasons. If you don’t feel comfortable attending services in the sanctuary, we hope you’ll still consider making an appointment to give blood. The American Red Cross and Carter BloodCare technicians will do everything within their power to create a safe environment for you during your donation appointment.