The American Red Cross Needs Blood Donations Now—Here’s Why
Fearing exposure to the coronavirus, organizations canceled blood drives in droves early in the pandemic. But after the American Red Cross and blood banks called on people to give blood to combat a major shortage, an uptick in donations helped our nation avoid a crisis.
Unfortunately, we’re not in the clear yet. As states ease stay-at-home restrictions, hospitals are resuming surgeries, renewing the demand for blood. Hospitals and blood banks across the country are once again experiencing severe shortages.
It’s time for us to help. However, the virus still has some people uneasy about giving blood. Rest assured that there has been no evidence or reported cases of the coronavirus being transmitted by a blood transfusion. Additionally, the Red Cross is adhering to strict mandates to keep you safe when you donate:
- Checking temperatures of staff and donors
- Following social distancing practices
- Providing hand sanitizer
- Disinfecting surfaces and equipment
- Requiring staff to wear masks
How you can help.
A long-time supporter of the Red Cross, Dot Foods wants to make it easy for employees and their families to donate blood. Once you pledge to give blood on our Red Cross online portal, you can find places to donate in your area.
We hope you join us in teaming up with the Red Cross and #CaringForOurCommunities.