With blood donations urgently needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Franciscan Health Michigan City invites the public to give at one of two blood drives scheduled later this month.

The blood drives held by Versiti Blood Center will be 7AM to 1PM on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and 2-6PM on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Franciscan Health Michigan City. Donations will be taken in the Versiti Blood Drive Bus, which will be located outside Entrance A at the hospital at 3500 Franciscan Way.

The COVID-19 antibody test is performed on every blood donation. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled by going online at versiti.org/IL or by calling 1-800-7TO-Give (1-800-786-4483) and choosing your preferred time. Walk-ins are also welcome as the schedule and social distancing allow. Identification is required, and donors must wear a mask.

Versiti Blood Center is the primary blood provider to Franciscan Health. All donations go to more than 70 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois.