The American Legion has supported The American Red Cross throughout the history of our organizations. In fact, the American Legion Blood Donor Program has existed officially since 1942 to encourage donations.
Once again there is a critical need for healthy blood donors to step forward.
“As our nation faces the coronavirus emergency, the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage,” said American Legion National Commander Bill Oxford, who to date has donated more than 8 gallons. “The coronavirus pandemic could affect millions of Americans, meaning fewer people are eligible to donate. At the same time, the Red Cross is noticing an uptick in the number of cancellations of blood drives. There is an urgent need for blood now.”
As the coronavirus pandemic has grown here in the U.S., the number of blood drive cancellations has escalated. The Red Cross advises American Legion members that donating blood remains a safe process and donations will help keep the blood supply stable. Volunteer blood donors and blood drive hosts play a very important role in helping maintain a sufficient blood supply.
“You served your country admirably,” said American Red Cross National Partnerships Director Donna M. Morrissey. “We need your help again during this crisis.”
So, valued members, SleevesUp and help us reach our goal! Make and keep an appointment to give blood to the American Red Cross and help us save lives.