Many roofing contractors are doing what they can to not only keep business rolling during the COVID-19 pandemic, but are giving back to their communities. While some are giving away roofs or supplies, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing in Irvine, Calif. decided to help its community in a unique way —hosting blood drives.
The pandemic has resulted in the shutdown of businesses and the cancellation of countless events around the country. Among those are hundreds of blood drives. As a result, there are more than 10,000 uncollected blood donations in Southern California during a time where healthcare facilities are already struggling to keep up.
Charles Antis, founder and CEO of Antis Roofing, said his staff alerted him of the blood shortage, so they decided to do something about it. The roofing contractor sanitized 6,000 square feet of its office space and dedicated it to hosting blood drives for the American Red Cross, starting with a blood drive held April 6.
Given the limitations COVID-19 puts on person-to-person interactions, people had to schedule an appointment on the American Red Cross website before donating. At the Antis facility, social distancing practices were administered, and people were checked at the door before entry.
“It was the closest I’ve been to folks in three weeks," said Antis. "I was awed by their goodness and discernment...that careful walk of regular blood donors, who always show up. They remind me of my father, who taught me how to give by that little red pin he wore from regularly giving his blood."
As a result of the blood drive, an estimated 81 patients will receive the blood they need. The next blood drive will take place April 13.
The American Red Cross assures that giving blood is still a safe activity to do during the pandemic. There have been no reported cases of any respiratory virus being transmitted by blood, including the coronavirus.
The American Red Cross recognized Antis Roofing with its 2019 Corporate Hero award. For more information, go to www.redcross.org/give-blood.html for eligibility requirements.