The PENNSYLVANIA AFL-CIO Supports Red Cross Efforts as Blood Donations Plummet during Coronavirus Outbreak

As blood drive cancellations increase due to coronavirus concerns, The PENNSYLVANIA AFL-CIO urges healthy individuals to give blood or platelets to help patients in need. The American Red Cross has reported that tens of thousands of much-need blood donations have gone uncollected as organizations and businesses that hold blood drives have temporarily closed during this pandemic.   

Please act now – make an appointment to donate blood by visiting , downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross emphasizes that donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. The humanitarian organization is also taking additional precautions, including checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy and spacing donor beds further apart. Red Cross employees follow strict safety procedures, including wearing gloves and changing them often, wiping down all donor-touched surfaces and equipment, and preparing the arm for donation with an aseptic scrub. These measures will help to ensure the safety of staff and donors, as well as blood recipients.

According to the Red Cross, a blood shortage could impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need.

President Rick Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, and the unions of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO are committed to helping overcome these blood supply challenges to ensure hospitals patients continue to receive the treatments and surgeries they need.

  • Act now to help patients. Schedule an appointment, if you’re feeling healthy and well, at

  • Volunteer blood donors are needed every day to help save lives. That need continues during this #coronavirus outbreak. Giving blood is a safe process. Visit to make an appointment today.

  • As Americans, we have a duty to help others during times of crisis. Let’s do our part to help hospital patients counting on lifesaving blood. Find a blood drive at and roll up a sleeve to help someone in need.