As the coronovirus crisis continues across the nation, many of us wonder how we can help. Here’s one way: The American Red Cross reports a severe blood shortage. With so many people in shutdown all over the country, many blood drives have been cancelled. Yet just because many things have stopped, Red Cross reminds us that life’s other emergencies haven’t gone on shutdown.
Each year on average, the Red Cross:
- Responds to more than 60,000 disasters across the country.
- Trains more than 4.8 million people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills.
- Collects more than 4.6 million blood donations and nearly 1 million platelet donations from more than 2.6 million volunteer donors.
- Provides nearly 471,000 services to military members, veterans and their families.
- Helps 230 million people outside the U.S. through American Red Cross disease prevention activities and disaster services.
Blood drives are still happening because they are controlled events with trained staff and provide an essential services. See more on safety protocols that the Red Cross follows below. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood with the American Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.
And if you absolutely can’t donate blood for whatever reason, consider making a donation to the Red Cross Coronavirus efforts.