Emergencies don’t stop, and neither does the American Red Cross. Even in the face of the coronavirus, families still depend on the Red Cross each day — whether they need lifesaving blood, relief and care after disasters, or support coping with the unique challenges of military life.
The Red Cross’s commitment is unwavering, even as we’ve adapted some of our services to protect everyone’s safety. During the month of April, volunteers in the Western New York region:
- Provided comfort and hope to 236 people from 74 families following 50 home fires.
- Partnered with Cayuga Action Program to aid in delivering food to the elderly, disabled, veterans, and others within Cayuga and Seneca Counties.
- Opened a virtual Family Assistance Center to provide information and emotional support for families across New York State that have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
- Launched and hosted virtual online workshops to help service members, veterans, and their family members manage pandemic-related stress.
- The Red Cross, with other blood collection organizations, have joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s effort to support the collection and distribution of convalescent plasma, a potentially life-saving treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients.
- Collected 8,549 units of blood to help maintain a stable blood supply to meet patient needs such as cancer treatments and emergency surgeries still occurring during this pandemic.
- Recruited and onboarded 112 new volunteers to support our Blood services programs, including our new Blood Donor Screener role, Donor Ambassadors, and Transportation Specialists.
- Offered essential courses such as resuscitation, CPR and first aid — which help medical professionals and other workers stay current on their certifications.
This is a time to take care of one another. Please help by donating at redcross.org to support all of the urgent needs of our lifesaving mission — where it is needed most. Healthy, eligible individuals can also help by scheduling an appointment to donate blood in the weeks ahead at RedCrossBlood.org. The need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as we navigate this health crisis. Visit redcross.org/volunteer for opportunities, including supporting blood donations and providing help from home.