Now that we’re sheltering at home and watching nervously for the virus to begin to wane, a feeling of helplessness is perfectly natural. But there is something you can do to help save lives. Donate blood.
Huntington Hospital is the only trauma hospital in the San Gabriel Valley and they are currently experiencing a severe blood shortage. You may have some concerns given the current Coronavirus pandemic. Huntington Hospital wants to allay those concerns.
“In relation to the coronavirus, it is important that you are aware that blood donation is still a safe practice. There is no evidence that this coronavirus is transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases of transfusion transmission for any respiratory virus, including this coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, please note, that if you have traveled to: *China (including Hong Kong and Macau); *South Korea; *Japan; *Italy; *Iran ; in the last 28 days, please do not donate blood at this time. You will be eligible to donate 28 days after your departure from any of these countries. In addition, please note that at each blood drive and our Donor Center, our employees follow thorough safety protocols, including wearing gloves, routinely wiping down donor-touched areas, using sterile collection sets for each donation, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub.”
If possibly saving a life is not motivation enough anyone that donates blood at Huntington Hospital from now through the end of April will receive 2 movie tickets or a $20 gift card (Target, Starbucks, In-N-Out or Amazon). If you are currently eligible, please contact the donor center and schedule your next donation at (626) 397-5422.
City of Hope and the American Red Cross have also put out calls for much needed blood donors. For City of Hope click here to make an appointment. Those wanting to donate through the Red Cross can click here to make an appointment.