During COVID-19, Adafruit Industries is helping as a business and employer. I’m helping by donating blood @RedCross @NYBloodCenter @adafruit


Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, there is a potential shortage of blood across the country, especially in hard hit places like NYC. The coming weeks look like they will be a very important time to give blood.

Adafruit normally gives its staff time off and schedule flexibility to donate blood (and three days off to donate bone marrow!) Not everyone should donate, not everyone can donate, but if our staff is capable and wants to, Adafruit is providing full paid days off to give our team the flexibility to give blood.

Ultimately, everyone has to decide for themselves how they can contribute to our collective well being during this time. For some that is something as important self quarantine, for others it is working overtime at hospitals. As a manufacturer Adafruit is transforming its business operations to provide life-saving PPE. As an employer, Adafruit is making it easy for me to give blood. I’m donating because it’s one way I can help.

Blood donations are special. Jeff Bezos, Pope Benedict, and I can donate the exact same amount of blood, and its worth about the same amount. My blood will likely be pumping in someone else’s veins this time next month, and without it they wouldn’t be able to be here. This to me has always been powerful, moving, and it’ll keep me donating as long as I’m able.

If you are in the NYC area you can schedule a donation here: https://nybloodcenter.org/donate-blood/

If you give with the Red Cross, you can find a donation near you: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

Don’t forget to check your local hospitals as those often will take blood donations too. And for those who have recovered from COVID-19, you may be eligible to donate plasma (and antibodies) to help those with severe cases. Check out this info at New York Blood Center if that applies to you!

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