Communications and Media
March 25, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Are you practicing social distancing but still interested in giving back to the people and organizations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Chesterfield County residents may now assist those in need with appointment-based blood donations to the American Red Cross, with monetary donations to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund or by giving to food-relief organizations like the Chesterfield Food Bank and Feed More.
American Red Cross Blood Donations
As addressed in Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 11 a.m. update on March 18, the American Red Cross is faced with a severe shortage of blood due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this outbreak. The American Red Cross has urged citizens to schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets and AB Elite plasma.
Interested donors are asked not to arrive at American Red Cross locations without first confirming an appointment, as the appointment structure will ensure all social-distancing guidelines and orders are upheld.
To sign up for an appointment time at a donation location in your area, please visit the American Red Cross website www.RedCrossBlood.org.
To learn more about the blood shortage, some restrictions on potential donors, safety protocols enacted by the American Red Cross and more, visit their webpage, What to Know About the Coronavirus and Blood Donation.
Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund Donations
In partnership with the Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia, the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond has activated a regional disaster response fund to address the immediate needs of the people and organizations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund will be administered as a public-private partnership between philanthropy, government and the nonprofit sector. According to the Community Foundation, the fund will initially assist:
For more information about the fund and how to donate, please visit the Community Foundations’ Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund webpage.
Chesterfield Food Bank is currently in need of monetary donations and volunteers to support the rising demand for assistance in the community:
Feed More, a collector, preparer and distributor of food for those in need across Central Virginia, offers residents many opportunities to give back:
Chesterfield County is proud to promote the efforts of the American Red Cross, Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, Chesterfield Food Bank and Feed More and urges residents, if they are able, to safely assist those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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