If you are healthy, a great way to give back is to give blood or plasma. If you have recovered from COVID-19, consider donating plasma. Visit American Red Cross for blood drives and places to give, but call first for an appointment and screening at 1-800-RED CROSS or go online.
Reasons that might prevent you from donating:
Illness — wait for 24 hours after the end of symptoms.
Medications — you may have to wait for a period after final dose.
Low Iron — If iron levels increase, you may donate.
Travel Outside of the United States — deferred if you have lived in or traveled to a country with risk of malaria in the past three years.
To find an available appointment, you may have to search beyond your zip code, since the blood sites are booking up in the City of Manassas. But if you meet the criteria, please consider this life-saving act of kindness.