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!

CDC Global Rapid Response team

From Emaad Hassan ’07

As a member of CDC’s Global Rapid Response Team I have been working seven days a week to repatriate Americans safely back to their homes and guiding CDC’s technical support to our international partners in some of the most challenging regions of the globe. While domestic remains the primary focus at the forefront for the response, remote technical assistance to our partner countries furthers health security and diplomacy while keeping Americans safe at home and abroad.

Providing Human Breast Milk to Infants

From Maddie Mondeaux ’15

I work at the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, a non-profit organization that collects donated human breast milk, pasteurized it, and then distributes it to medically fragile infants in the Pacific Northwest. Demand for milk has increased significantly since the onset of COVID-19 due to formula shortages and overcrowded hospitals.