Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
Mark
mhaithaca

Give Blood (221.2)

I arrived just before the start time at noon for today's blood drive at the Holiday Inn Express on Route 13 in Ithaca's southwest. (There until 5 if you want to go.) Used the Red Cross Blood Donor app to complete the RapidPass questionnaire before I went, to save time.

They have loads of precautions beyond their usual pretty-solid hygiene protocols. Apparently early last week was a real blood donation drought, but the end of the week saw a real surge. This week is approaching normal, but there's still a serious blood shortage.

If you can give blood in the next few weeks, please do. Check redcrossblood.org or your regional blood service for blood drives near you.

On my way, got a salted maple latte and a scone at Gimme! Coffee, which is doing window service through the front door with lots of their own precautions, and on my way home I grabbed today's Cook's Choice Freestyle Pasta from the Circus Truck. J.P. is giving FREE meals to laid-off service industry workers, a different group each day. Tip well if you're buying lunch from him.
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