Rosedale blood drive planned Thursday

Rosedale resident and RDA board member, Valorie Wells, donated blood in January 2021, the first time RDA and the Vox Theatre teamed up to hold a Community Blood Center blood drive. They are hoping to get at least 25 donors signed up for the May 13 event. (Photo from Rosedale Development Association)

Community Blood Center has issued a call for blood donors, and the community of Rosedale is responding.

The need for blood has rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, but the supply remains low, especially in this area, according to a spokesman.

Rosedale Development Association and the Vox Theatre Event Space are stepping up to hold a blood drive on Thursday, May 13, at the Vox Theatre and are inviting community members to participate as one of RDA’s ongoing “Neighborhood Social” events.

RDA conducted a community-wide survey in August 2020 to capture the changing needs of Rosedalians during the pandemic and beyond.

“A main theme in the results of the survey was the desire for more community connection. From this, the Rosedale Neighborhood Socials were born,” said Alissa Workman, RDA’s development director and the organizer of the socials.

Workman said that when the CBC asked to partner to hold a blood drive, it was a natural fit to include it in the neighborhood socials, as it promotes taking care of the community while getting to see neighbors and friends in person.

Community members are encouraged to make an appointment to donate at the upcoming Rosedale Development Association Blood Drive from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 13.

Appointments are strongly recommended; walk-ins will only be accepted as capacity safely allows, according to a spokesman. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter Group Code: EH2P or call 816-315-1390.

Donors are required to wear a face mask to their donation and are asked not to attend the blood drive if they are experiencing a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) or have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19, until 14 days after their illness has resolved. CBC does not test for COVID-19. Additional information is available at