The Berlin Mall steps up when others need to step away. Fear of a looming blood shortage has the Red Cross partnering with the local mall when others turn them away resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.
The Berlin Mall regularly hosts the Red Cross in the HUB community space, where they continue to top donor records. Plans to double up blood drives at the mall are in the works as blood levels plummet. “We are so glad that Berlin Mall stepped up during this critical need for blood when others need to step back. We are truly humbled by the support of our volunteer blood donors and blood drive sponsors, including the Berlin Mall, for helping us to keep blood on the shelves during this challenging time.” said Red Cross Account Manager, Kathleen Luce.
Friday, March 27th at 10am and Saturday, April 4th are the next scheduled drives hosted by the mall in front of the closed JC Penney store.
The mall is an ideal open space and location for this essential service to the community. “We had serious concerns about hosting the blood drives,” said Mall Operations representative Kay Nuissl, “but the life-saving benefits far outweigh any fear-based disadvantages. We want to do our part to help and send a positive message to our patrons and the donors who are also eager to help.”
We encourage all donors to make an appointment to minimize wait times and adhere to the social distancing policy. For an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter bmall or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire on the day of your appointment.