BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan’s office has created a new website with information about how Marylanders can volunteer and help others during the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Maryland Unites” website includes a number of steps people can take to help those in need, ranging from donating blood to volunteering with food banks.
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“Look, I know the actions we may be taking seem extreme and they seem frightening, as I said before, they are absolutely necessary to save lives of thousands of Marylanders,” Hogan said. at a news conference Thursday morning. “We’re all in this together and if we all do our part and if we rise to this challenge to meet this moment, we will get through this together.”
Hogan shared stories of Marylanders helping one another: Distilleries have changed operations to make hand sanitizer; Pasadena Boat Works donated 14,000 respirators masks to the Maryland Department of Health and a group of Baltimore city residents came together to form a quarantine response network to run errands and check in on their elderly neighbors in the Hampden, Charles Village and Sandtown-Winchester neighborhoods.
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The American Red Cross said it has been forced to cancel nearly 2,700 blood drives since the coronavirus pandemic began, leading to a severe shortage of blood.
“This is real this is a serious situation, and I’ve never seen it so bad, and I’m afraid it might get worse if we don’t get folks through the door,” Regina Boothe Bratton of the American Red Cross told WJZ Wednesday.
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