Alameda’s chapter of the American Red Cross Youth (RCY) has been busy actively supporting community efforts. They packed special Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the homebound and delivered them through Meals on Wheels all around the Island. These young volunteers set up and took down aspects of the firefighters Toys-For-Tots program, took blood pressures at local events and cleaned cots used to serve the Santa Rosa fire victims. They visited local nursing homes and even taught seminars on disaster preparedness to children and their parents.
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors with all blood types to give now to replenish an extremely low summer supply.
“Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed,” the Red Cross said in a press release. The Red Cross has experienced a significant drawdown in its supply of blood.