In times of need, people come together to support one another. The
American Red Cross is asking organizations and individuals to step up to
help patients experiencing health crises by hosting blood drives,
volunteering as blood drive screeners or donating blood or platelets.
With stay-at-home orders in place for the entire Penn Jersey Blood
Region, many locations that typically host blood drives remain closed.
As a result, the Red Cross is looking for air-conditioned sites that are
willing to host a series of blood drives throughout the summer. To
learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit
The Red Cross is also in need of volunteers to serve as blood donor
screeners at blood drives throughout the Penn Jersey region. These
volunteers are responsible for greeting and thanking donors, taking
donor temperatures and sanitizing blood drive registration and canteen
areas. No special skills are required, and gloves, sanitizer, masks and
training are provided. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at
the Red Cross and to sign up, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday
As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be
thinking about blood donation. But blood and platelets are needed daily
to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating
blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have
the blood products patients rely on.
As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, all who come to
give blood or platelets through May 31 will receive a special Red Cross
“We’re all in this together” T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last.
Donors must have a valid email address on file to claim their T-shirt.
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an
appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood
Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org
, calling 1-800-RED CROSS
(1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo
device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at
the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the
drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
public guidance. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows
the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional
precautions – including social distancing and face coverings for donors
and staff – have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and