More Resources From The American Red Cross
Written by Karolyn Hairston on May 21, 2020
In addition, we have:
* Expanded our territory in the Coastal area: we welcome our teams from Surry-James City-Accomack-Northampton counties and Williamsburg to our chapter; ensuring continuity of services across our footprint.
* Installed 184 smoke alarms and made 90 homes safer in this area – we look forward to continuing these efforts soon.
* Launched our Virtual Family Assistance Center<https://www.redcross.org/virtual-family-assistance-center.html> support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. For people without internet access, call 833-492-0094 for help between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time to speak with a trained Red Cross volunteer either in English or Spanish.
* Adjusted support to our military and healthcare partners by providing necessary face coverings through our Knit Your Bit program. Additionally, Services to Armed Forces (SAF) program – SAF Hero Care Network’s Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN)<https://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/services-for-veterans/military-veteran-caregiver-network.html> has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide 7488 Facebook Portal Devices to Veterans and their caregivers. This is an effort to improve the Veteran and caregiver/family support system, reduce the Veterans’ sense of isolation and feelings of helplessness, increase communication, support mental health wellness and prevent suicide ideation. This will also help to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), a significant health problem among Veterans
* Convalescent Plasma<https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html> – On March 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new initiative to collect plasma, referred to as convalescent plasma, from those who have recovered from this new coronavirus (COVID-19) to treat patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Convalescent plasma has antibodies specific to COVID-19 making it ideal for these patients. I am proud to share that the American Red Cross is playing a critical role in helping to execute this new development in the fight against COVID-19.