The Swinerton Foundation is partnering with long-standing national partner the American Red Cross to donate $63,000 for the nonprofit’s efforts on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To support the American Red Cross’s mission to ensure there is a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need and so that they may continue to provide critical relief services to people affected by disasters, the Foundation is donating $50,000 toward disaster relief and $13,000 for blood services.
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this COVID-19 outbreak. Such a blood shortage impacts patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. The need for blood is constant and will continue even as the coronavirus outbreak grows. Preparations to ensure continued delivery of the vital Red Cross mission nationwide due to this public health emergency are focused on two pillars: Ensure that the Red Cross can maintain a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need and prevent any shortage and ensure that the Red Cross can continue to provide critical relief services to people affected by disasters big and small.
The Red Cross has activated its fullest resources to support the COVID-19 response. Monetary donations are the best way to assist those in need at this time, which will help provide support for blood drives and critical relief services through trained Red Cross personnel who are on the ground, assisting with the outbreak. Visit the Red Cross website to donate now.
There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors and blood drive hosts to ensure the health of our communities. The Swinerton Foundation will also be coordinating blood drives in the future to further help with the relief.