During these uncertain times, how can we help?
See below to access our COVID-19 Resource Hub, and to explore our growing directory of both COVID-19-specific and virtual volunteering opportunities.
Make an appointment to help patients counting on lifesaving blood: https://rdcrss.org/2weMYZI
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of
blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to
donate now and in the weeks ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
grow at an alarming rate. Through March 18, more than 4,500 Red Cross blood drives have been
canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in about 150,000 fewer blood
temporarily close and more people are being told to work remotely and practice social distancing.
blood collection organizations and hospitals across the country.
We understand why people may be hesitant to come out for a blood drive, but want to reassure
the public that we have implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors
and staff in response to concern, including:
We also want to emphasize that at each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees
already follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection.
o Wearing gloves and changing gloves often
o Routinely wiping down donor-touched areas
o Using sterile collection sets for every donation, and
o Preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub
virus - being transmitted by a blood transfusion.
This blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other
emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. One of the most important things you can do to
ensure we don’t have another health care crisis on top of the coronavirus is to give blood.
2912 S 80th Ave, Omaha, NE 68124, US
Mission Statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Vision Statement The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that... ...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope; ...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; ...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; ...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and ...in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.
Since our founding by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving people in need. We received our first congressional charter in 1900 and to this day we are tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families as well as providing disaster relief in the United States and around the world.
Today, as throughout our long history, the Red Cross depends on generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs.
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March 19, 2020