A selfless donation saved her father’s life

By Helen Brooks, Red Cross volunteer  Sometimes through tears, Yesenia Miranda Meza, a Red Cross employee in the Red Cross Serving San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter, tells the story of her father contracting COVID-19 and then receiving convalescent plasma leading to his full recovery.    Her story begins with her father, Jesus Miranda, a hard-working 68-year-old and a dedicated family man. Jesus always worked...

Blood drive partner spotlight: Shepherd Church & Pantages Theater

By Sean Inoue, Red Cross Biomedical Services    The American Red Cross has been hard at work ensuring there is enough blood for patients during this ongoing crisis. However, we cannot do our work alone. Most blood drives take place because of generous partners in the community including schools, hospitals, community organizations, cities and civic organizations. To thank them for their dedication and hard work in being partners, every month...

On the front lines of blood donation during Covid-19

By Kerissa Kelly-Slatten, Red Cross volunteer  The American Red Cross collects on average 40 percent of the national’s blood supply. And that need does not go away, even during a global pandemic such as COVID-19. Hence blood donation and collection was declared by Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the director of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as an essential task.  Blood donor ambassadors like me are the first to...

FOX 11 Telethon Highlights Critical Need for Blood and Platelet Donors

The American Red Cross is asking the public to kick off 2020 by doing something big: Give blood or platelets now to address the critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors. Donations in January are especially important as they help replenish the blood supply, which is depleted over the holidays when many regular donors are traveling to visit family.  Support the FOX 11 Blood Drive Telethon...

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