Cary Spa and Wedding Venue Host Blood Drive

Cindy Pittman, of Cary, waits to donate blood in a large room at event venue Chandelier, which hosted a blood drive April 1.
Cindy Pittman, of Cary, waits to donate blood in a large room at event venue Chandelier, which hosted a blood drive April 1.
A large room with spaced chairs at Chandelier, a Cary event space, serves as a waiting room for blood donors. The business teamed up with Spa Retreat Cary and the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on April 1.
A large room with spaced chairs at Chandelier, a Cary event space, serves as a waiting room for blood donors. The business teamed up with Spa Retreat Cary and the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on April 1.
Cary resident Jennifer Lecorchisk has blood drawn by American Red Cross phlebotomist Nicole Williams during a blood drive April 1.
Cary resident Jennifer Lecorchisk has blood drawn by American Red Cross phlebotomist Nicole Williams during a blood drive April 1.
Jennifer Lecorchisk has blood drawn by American Red Cross phlebotomist Nicole Williams during a blood drive April 1.
Jennifer Lecorchisk has blood drawn by American Red Cross phlebotomist Nicole Williams during a blood drive April 1.
Donors wait to give blood during an American Red Cross emergency blood drive hosted by Chandelier and Spa Retreat Cary. The businesses, which were ordered closed because of the pandemic, donated their space and supplies to benefit the community.
Donors wait to give blood during an American Red Cross emergency blood drive hosted by Chandelier and Spa Retreat Cary. The businesses, which were ordered closed because of the pandemic, donated their space and supplies to benefit the community.

With hundreds of blood drives canceled throughout the state due to the pandemic, the Red Cross is asking healthy people to donate blood. Two Cary businesses recently answered that call by hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross. 

When Gov. Roy Cooper ordered spas, salons and other non-essential businesses to close, Andrea Rivera, the owner of Spa Retreat Cary, wanted to use the space for a blood drive. But when she found out she needed a larger space, she contacted Natasha and John Ford, the owners of nearby events venue Chandelier.

About 40 people donated blood at the April 1 event. Special precautions were taken to reduce exposure, including limiting the number of people waiting to donate and spacing chairs far apart.

In order to support social distancing requirements, blood donation centers are no longer accepting walk-ins. For information about making an appointment at a local blood drive, visit thebloodconnection.org or the Cary Red Cross Donation Center.

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