The doors of the village hall of Noidans-lès-Vesoul opened at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, and donors responded to the blood drive. Organized by the association of blood donors from Vesoul and carried out by teams from the EFS (French blood establishment) in Besançon, the collection takes place over two afternoons.
It is imperative to make an appointment in order to limit the number of people present, at the same time, in the village hall. It also makes it easier to come and go and reduce waiting times. “This appointment is the big news since the health crisis,” explains Céline Picaud-Bernet, president of the association. Thus, 132 appointments are scheduled for each afternoon, a little less donors than usual. “The summer period is generally complicated because the donors are on vacation,” adds the president. She recalls, for all practical purposes, that there is no contraindication with a possible anti-Covid vaccination.
“It can save lives, it’s rewarding”
In the room, the first donors are already lying in the collection position. Fatima, occasional donor, came from Vesoul, conveyed by her son, because she is on leave. “It can save lives, it’s rewarding,” she says simply. At her side, Nathalie, has been a donor for 30 years and she finds it very natural. “It is a civic duty”, delivers the one whose employer frees him a moment to come and give. “There is nothing exceptional. All the staff, from the friendly or the EFS, are very nice and very pleasant, ”she emphasizes.
Sitting at the table, Bernard, from Vaivre-et-Montoille, bites into his sandwich. His donation is finished but he takes advantage of the snack offered by the friendly. This young retiree, who has never calculated his number of donations, has been reaching out since the age of 18. “I have always wanted to give, it is to save lives”, testifies the one who has a “universal” blood group. “I would come to the end,” he concludes. For those who want to do like them, there are still appointments available for this Tuesday afternoon (from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) in Noidans-lès-Vesoul.
Make an appointment via: mon-rdv-dondusang.efs.sante.fr or on the FB page of the association of blood donors of Vesoul. Next collection: Tuesday, September 21, all day, still in Noidans-lès-Vesoul.