News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
The Maryland Natural Resources Police are joining with other state law enforcement agencies to assist the American Red Cross in encouraging the public to donate blood during the coronavirus pandemic. The push to donate blood is an effort by state law enforcement employees in Maryland who want to honor the memories of those Marylanders who lost their lives to COVID-19 and honor the service of all those who help fight it.
As part of this effort, the American Red Cross is partnering with Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland Transit Administration Police and Maryland Capitol Police to launch the SleevesUpMD Blood Drive. The #SleevesUpMD campaign seeks to raise 150 pledges for blood donations. Blood supplies are at a critical shortage and just one lifesaving, selfless, donation can save as many as three people. Those partnering in this effort are encouraging all Maryland law enforcement, first responders and citizens to help us reach this goal.
“The men and women of the Maryland Natural Resources Police are proud to be a part of an initiative that supports those in need. It’s an honor to partner with allied state agencies and assist our community,” Maryland Natural Resources Police Superintendent Col Adrian Baker said. “Providing much-needed blood is just a different way of what we do all the time — we are here to help!”
To donate a lifesaving gift, anyone can visit the Sleeves Up website to make a reservation. A social distance-compliant reservation can be scheduled at any American Red Cross Maryland donation center.