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.
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
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