Brown sheds light on national blood shortage while hosting Local blood drive alongside the American
Updated: Aug 4, 2020
HARRISBURG – Due to the ongoing crisis, there has been a severe national shortage of blood donations. These donations are vital for hospitals and trauma centers’ effectiveness. To help combat this shortage, Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) today partnered with the American Red Cross and sponsored a local blood drive at RGB Plaza in East Stroudsburg.
“Statewide school closures and the cancellation of just about every community event across the Commonwealth has significantly hindered the American Red Cross from collecting blood donations,” said Brown. “Seeing how this decline in life-saving donations has tremendously affected our hospitals and trauma centers really drove me to want to increase awareness and encourage our residents to be a part of the solution to this shortage. As our community faces this shared and unprecedented challenge, it is critical we acknowledge our togetherness and connectivity. Let’s work towards productivity, betterment and solutions.”
Additionally, the American Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies for a limited time, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. Donors who helped to support the urgent need by giving at this drive will be able to view their results 7-10 days after donation through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org.
According to the American Red Cross officials, “Just one donation can help save three lives.”
“Working alongside the American Red Cross has been a wonderful experience and extremely successful,” added Brown. “We have tentatively scheduled another drive for Thursday, Aug. 27.”
Brown asks that residents check for updates regarding future dates on her Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RepRosemaryBrown.