Blood drive

In response to the continuing need for blood donations during the coronavirus pandemic, two local churches have planned to hold American Red Cross blood drives.

Fenton United Methodist Church will hold a weeklong drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6-10 at the church, 800 Gravois Road.

First United Methodist Church of Festus-Crystal City will hold its drive from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the church, 113 Grand Ave., in Festus.

Prospective donors are encouraged to check the Red Cross website at redcross.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment. Those wishing to schedule a donation can go to the website or make the call to find a nearby donations site.

Officials at the church in Festus said their food pantry remains open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays with curbside delivery only.

Residency and frequency requirements are being temporarily suspended, church officials said.

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