CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS (January 2021) – Donate blood and help save lives. Make an appointment for the American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, February 12, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at CambridgeSide. The American Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for the COVID-19 antibody. Additional safety guidelines are in place to ensure all donors are socially distanced. Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting CambridgeSide.com. Those who cannot donate blood, can still help by making a monetary donation at RedCross.org/donate/donation.
“CambridgeSide is pleased to continue our ongoing partnership with the American Red Cross,” says Melissa LaVita, Senior Marketing Director of CambridgeSide. “Blood donations are desperately needed, and we encourage CambridgeSide visitors and the local community to consider giving,” she adds.
The American Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for the COVID-19 antibody.
Additional safety guidelines are in place to ensure all donors are socially distanced. Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting CambridgeSide.com. Those who cannot donate blood, can still help by making a monetary donation at RedCross.org/donate/donation.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the coronavirus (COVID-19) does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives. The Red Cross only collects blood from individuals who are healthy and feeling well at the time of donation -- and who meet other eligibility requirements.
At each blood drive or donation center, Red Cross employees follow safety protocols that include wearing gloves and changing them often; wiping down donor-touched areas after every collection; using sterile collection sets for every donation; preparing the arm for donation with aseptic scrub; and conducting donor mini physicals to ensure donors are healthy and well on the day of donation.
The Red Cross has also increased vigilance concerning some of these safety protocols, including enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment; providing hand sanitizer for use before entering and throughout the donation appointment; temperature checks before presenting donors enter the blood drive or donation center; following social distancing practices between donors including donor beds, as well as waiting and refreshment areas; and staff wearing basic face masks. To ensure staff are healthy each day, the Red Cross has implemented standard staff health assessments prior to all blood drives.
The reimagined CambridgeSide is a place to shop, dine, indulge and relax. CambridgeSide features one great waterfront location with over 80 shops and restaurants in Cambridge, MA, just steps from downtown Boston. CambridgeSide’s mix of retailers includes Apple, H&M, Superdry, Sephora, Best Buy, T.J. Maxx and more. The diverse mix of restaurants boasts Massachusetts’ first World of Beer and The Cheesecake Factory, in addition to over 14 other eateries. CambridgeSide is located near top tourism attractions including the Museum of Science and Charles Riverboat. CambridgeSide is handicapped and MBTA accessible (Green Line T to Lechmere Station or Red Line T to Kendall Square to the free CambridgeSide Shuttle Bus), and offers attached, covered parking. For directions and information, call 617-621-8666 or visit CambridgeSide.com. CambridgeSide is a New England Development shopping destination.