BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Crosby’s Stores, based in Lockport, with locations throughout Western New York and northern Pennsylvania are providing support to local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crosby's announced it has partnered with ConnectLife to host blood drives at stores due to the high demand for blood at this time.
“Blood donations are critical at this time to help save lives and help those in need at our hospitals and other care facilities,” said Doug Galli, general manager and vice president of Crosby’s Stores. “We’re proud to partner with ConnectLife to help provide more opportunities to help collect donations in this time of elevated need throughout Western New York and northern Pennsylvania.”
There have been seven blood drives held to date, ConnectLife says it has collected whole blood and double red cell donations from 103 donors, including 61 first-time donors during those drives.
There are additional blood rives scheduled which you can view below, those who donate blood will receive a $5 Crosby's gift card.
- April 22 in Barker
- April 27 in Delevan
- April 27 in Delevan
- June 1 and July 29 in Hinsdale
- July 30 and Sept. 28 in Mayville
- June 1 and Aug. 3 in Lockport
- June 12 and Aug. 14 in Wales
- July 6 and Sept. 8 in Boston
Crosby's is also providing free coffee or cappuccino to first responders and medical professionals through April 30.
“We know that first responders and medical staff continue to be out on the front lines, working long hours and facing tough conditions day in and day out,” said Galli. “While we can’t make their jobs easier, in this small way, we hope we can help make their lives a little easier and show them how much all of us appreciate the work they’re doing in our communities.”
To receive the free drink those first responders and medical professionals just need to show active duty or facility ID badge at checkout.
Crosby's says it is also increasing safety measures in its stores to protect its employees and customers, which includes:
- Creation of a “safe zone” at the registers that offers a six-foot space of separation
- Taped lines to demarcate appropriate spacing for those customers in the queue
- Cashiers wiping down counters and customer PIN pads with sanitizer between every customer interaction
- Lids and condiments now available at the register
- Associates wearing gloves and changing them between customer interactions, provided face masks to wear.
- Hand sanitizer available near each store entrance
- Plexiglass screens installed at checkout counters