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Blood Donations Needed ASAP

Stay at home orderIt is still safe to donate blood – I am urging healthy individuals to give blood amid Coronavirus concerns.  Low donor turnout is hurting the local blood supply.  To date, our nation’s blood supply has seen the cancellation of over 12,000 blood drives, resulting in the loss of more than 355,000 lifesaving blood donations. Regionally, over 100 blood drives have been cancelled, resulting in the loss of more than 2,400 lifesaving blood donations.

Most Corona viruses are not transmitted through transfusion. This was the experience with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus (SARS CoV) and Mideast Respiratory Syndrome (MERS CoV). However, because COVID-19 is a new virus, the blood center is taking the following precautionary steps to prevent others from becoming infected:

  • Donors who do not feel well should reschedule their appointment.

  • Donors who have traveled to areas of major outbreaks such as mainland China, Korea, Italy, and Iran should postpone blood donation for 28 days from departure.

  • Donors who have been exposed to a person having a diagnosis of COVID-19 infection should postpone donation for 28 days. Examples of exposure include but are not limited to person-to-person contact, quarantine, or on an infected cruise.

  • Donors who have recovered from COVID-19 should postpone their donation for 28 days from the end of symptoms.

Donors meeting the above criteria should call 1-800-223-6667 to reschedule their appointment. CLICK HERE for additional information on the Miller-Keystone Blood Center Safety Measures – the risk of exposure at a donation center is exceedingly low.

Lehigh Valley: Donations Needed!

Northampton County

Accepting donation of PPE items at Gracedale Nursing Home.

Please contact the Gracedale Volunteer Coordinator first at 610-829-3686 to see if your donation meets guidelines and can be accepted.

Lehigh County

Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency is accepting PPE items to distribute to the Emergency Services of Lehigh County: Police Departments, Fire Departments, Ambulance, Hospitals

Items Needed:

  • N95 Masks 
  • Disposable Gowns 
  • Face Masks 
  • Bleach 
  • Cleaning Wipes / Disinfectants

Drop-Off Locations:
Lehigh County
4300 Broadway
Allentown, PA 18104
Contact 610-782-4600 before dropping anything off

LVHN – Allentown
2024 Lehigh Street
Allentown, PA

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m

Please ensure the locations are notified before any material is dropped off at location!

Carbon County

Carbon Emergency Management Agency is accepting PPE items to distribute to the Emergency Services of Carbon County: Police Departments, Fire Departments, Ambulance, Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Drop-Off Locations:
Carbon Emergency Management Agency
1264 Emergency Lane
Nesquehoning, PA 18240
570-325-3097

St. Luke's Carbon Campus
Urgent Care Facility
111 Rt. 715
Brodheadsville, PA 18322
866-785-8537

Support our Small BusinessesHow to Support our Small Businesses During this Crisis

  • Order takeout, curbside, or delivery
  • Buy gift cards
  • Shop local stores online
  • Don’t visit if you aren’t feeling well
  • Be patient
  • Like/follow businesses on social media – share their posts to let your friends know about your favorite restaurant, store or other business entity!

Neighbors helping neighbors…makes the world go ‘round. 

Lehigh Valley Community Partnerships

Lehigh Valley distilleries shift focus to hand sanitizer during coronavirus crisis

  • Social Still in Bethlehem is making its own hand sanitizer, which it is donating to the community amid this coronavirus pandemic we are facing.  Adam Flatt, Social Still, stated he was contacted by the president of Lehigh Valley Hospital looking to obtain high-proof alcohol – the key ingredient in hand sanitizer.  In less than 24 hours, Adam carried and donated 10 gallons of high-proof alcohol, in buckets, into the Lehigh Valley Hospital pharmacy where staff would add glycerol and hydrogen peroxide to make hand sanitizer for employees and patients.
  • hand sanitizerTriple Sun Spirits in Emmaus has gotten the constant calls for sanitizer and owner Kris Kwant has answered them - converting his production facility to make hand sanitizer and providing it to underserved but crucial frontline personnel, such as electric workers at PPL.
  • Eight Oaks Farm Distillery in Lynn Township has temporarily shut down its beverage alcohol production and bottle sales to completely focus on manufacturing hand sanitizer for those on the frontlines fighting the pandemic including the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Service.

Volunteers come together to donate homemade masks - Hospitals across the Lehigh Valley have asked the public to help supply their healthcare workers with protective gear. 

  • Masks for the Lehigh Valley (www.MaskForce2020.com) was recently formed and has mobilized their group to make masks in packs of 25 – ranging in sizes. Hundreds of masks have already been created through this movement started by two women who simply wanted to help, and now they are helping systems like Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke's.  Thank you, Joan Zachary & Ruth Dennison for your commitment to our community & health care system.

  • Elaine Zelker, a photographer and small business owner based in Easton, has been making hand sewn fabric masks for the past several days, and donating them to local health care organizations. Thanks Elaine!

  • Home Depot is donating face masks to Cetronia Ambulance, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and St. Luke's University Health Network.

  • Cedar Crest College's School of Nursing also donated supplies, including masks, gloves, and isolation gowns, to LVHN and St. Luke's Allentown campus

Other donations that deserve mention:

  • Thank youSteel Hospitality Management Group of Bethlehem organized donation of lunch for 100+ Lehigh Valley Hospital employees who are currently working at the 11 drive-thru testing sites. They are ALSO providing complimentary rooms for traveling nurses, doctors and any medical staff involved with fighting the COVID-19 battle at Candlewood Suites, which is located at 1630 Spillman Drive in Bethlehem. Thank you, Anand and Nipun Patel!

  • Roots Catering treated some of Easton’s neediest people were treated to Korean barbecue tacos, house-cut fries, loaded baked potato croquets and Buffalo cauliflower. About 60 people at Safe Harbor were served lunch and dinner. Thanks, Matt Bubbenmoyer!

  • Crust Pizzeria and Restaurant in Allentown has been delivering free pizzas, pasta and salads to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s hospital in Salisbury Township.

  • Olive Garden, 3rd and Ferry Fish Market and Red Robin have also donated food they could not serve due to business operations being limited by the governor’s order prohibiting dine-in service.

  • Nazareth Moravian Church at 4 S. Main St., Nazareth, is providing pickup lunches for school children weekdays between noon and 1 p.m. Students should go to the rear of the church via West Center Street.

  • Pat’s Pizza and Bistro in West Bethlehem donated 200 meals to two schools in the Bethlehem Area School District -- Marvine Elementary School and Nitschmann Middle School. Now they are working on creating a pop-up pantry in the parking lot of his restaurant Wednesday. Kudos!

  • PPL Center has donated three pallets of food, that would otherwise go to waste, to multiple area charities. The benefactors, the Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank, serve important communities that are in need during this national emergency.

  • McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar’s owner, Neville Gardner, had to decide what to do with 700 pounds of potatoes he couldn’t use because a full weekend of St. Patrick’s events were canceled due to the coronavirus -- he decided to make potato soup — and give it away for free curbside pickup and delivery to those in need. Awesome, Neville…thank you!

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