Red Cross blood donations help

From Mel Arney, retired employee

In Springfield, Ill., on Monday, March 23, a standing-room-only crowd of potential blood donors flocked to a hastily scheduled American Red Cross blood drive. People were “social distancing” in the waiting areas as best they could, while waiting for at least two hours. One donor—clearly a regular, since the staff knew him—ordered pizza for the Red Cross staff to have lunch as they kept working to turn “potential” donors into “actual” ones.

The Red Cross staff were working with gloves only, no masks, to leave the local masks for those doing sustained patient care. I was so proud of and thankful for those blood drawers and volunteers, and equally proud of my fellow community members!

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