Red Cross Announces COVID-19 Antibody Testing on Blood Donations

Did you know that the American Red Cross often sees a slump in blood donations during summertime? This year, that summer slowdown and COVID-19-related cancellations have taken a major toll on national blood supply, leaving a dire need for donations. Now, the American Red Cross is taking another step in the fight against COVID-19 by offering COVID-19 antibody testing for all donations.

Donate to the Red Cross for COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Now testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies

If you’re healthy and feeling well, you can help ensure hospitals have enough blood AND receive insight into whether you might have been exposed to the coronavirus. The Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

How do you donate?

COVID-19 antibody testing with blood drive

To start, visit the Red Cross website to find a donation center near you. Then, pick a time that works for you and schedule your appointment! You might also want to take a few minutes to complete a RapidPass® application to ensure you meet all the necessary criteria as a donor.

Who’s eligible to donate?

people donating blood

Most people are eligible to donate blood, with a few exceptions. Right now, you really want to make sure you’re in good health and feeling well. Certain medications and travel outside the US may require a waiting period before you’re able to donate, and low iron levels might require you to take steps to increase your iron levels before donating.

What should you expect at your appointment?

reviewing medical information

If you’ve never donated blood before, you might be a little nervous to get started. It’s a pretty straightforward process, though. Upon arrival, you’ll sign in and fill out some paperwork (unless you’ve done so already online). Then, you’ll have a private mini-physical to ensure you meet all the donation requirements.

The good news is that the actual donation only takes about 8 – 10 minutes! In no time, you’ll be enjoying a complimentary snack and drink for about 10 – 15 minutes afterwards. Then, you’re free to go on with your day.

How should you prepare?

filling out medical information for COVID-19 antibody testing

The first thing you want to do is to make an appointment. You may also want to expedite the paperwork process by filling out some information ahead of time through RapidPass®. On the day of, make sure you drink plenty of liquids, and bring two forms of ID with you to your appointment. You might also want to bring some music or an audiobook with you for a relaxed and enjoyable experience while you’re donating.

Why donate blood?

a doctor coding a COVID-19 antibody test

There are many personal reasons to choose to donate, but the bottom line remains the same: blood is always in high demand. By donating to the American Red Cross, you can be saving up to three lives—with a single donation!

Additionally, positive antibody test results may give you the ability to make a convalescent plasma donation that could help a seriously ill COVID patient.

Joining the Triangle Community?

At Linda Craft & Team, we strongly believe that we have a duty to our community to help make it the best it can be. That’s why we partner with local organizations to help those in need, to better the lives of others, and to support and grow the community we love to call home.

If you’re thinking of joining our Triangle community, we’d love to help you find home. Contact Linda Craft & Team at 919-235-0007 to learn more about how we can put our 350+ years of combined experience to work for you.

Resources for Grocery and Prescription Delivery

In the coming weeks, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold and develop, at-risk populations like seniors or those with preexisting conditions are encouraged to stay home and avoid public places whenever possible. But even if you aren’t part of those at-risk populations, you might be curious about the best ways to obtain essentials like groceries or prescriptions. Here are some Raleigh-area businesses offering grocery and prescription delivery.

Grocery and Prescription Delivery in the Raleigh Area

grocery and prescription delivery

Many local businesses and organizations are offering services like grocery and prescription delivery, curbside grocery pickup, and more. Here are some of the main companies.

CVS

CVS is waiving charges for prescription delivery. It even allows for the addition of store items for delivery at no extra cost. Store items are also available for same-day delivery through Instacart.

Walgreens

Walgreens is providing free shipping on prescription refills and any other store products.

Carroll Pharmacy (Smithfield)

This local pharmacy is offering free delivery within their delivery area.

Davis Drug (Kenly)

This local pharmacy is offering free delivery within 10 miles of their store. Prescriptions may be delivered same-day if the order is placed before noon.

Falls River Pharmacy

Both prescription and over-the-counter items are being delivered free for Raleigh-area residents. They also have drive-through service.

Hayes Barton Pharmacy

Like Falls River Pharm, Hayes Barton offers free delivery for both prescription and OTC items to Raleigh-area residents. They also offer curbside pickup.

Health Park Pharmacy

Free delivery for OTC and prescription items is available to all Raleigh-area residents. There’s also curbside pickup.

HealthSmart Pharmacy (Wake Forest)

Free delivery is available to residents in Wake Forest and the surrounding area. Note: Their weekend hours are limited to Saturday 9am – 1pm. Call them for details at 919-569-0550.

HealthSmart Pharmacies

There are several HealthSmart Pharmacies in the area, and most offer free delivery within a 10 mile radius of their store.

Hillsborough Pharmacy and Nutrition

Hillsborough Pharmacy and Nutrition offers free prescription delivery. Hours are limited to Monday – Friday.

Aldi

Aldi has partnered with Instacart to offer grocery delivery, including free delivery on the first three orders of $35 or more with the coupon code “SHOPALDI20”.

Big Lots

Big Lots will bring your order to your car with curbside delivery.

Carlie C’s

Carlie C’s is offering free delivery to customers over age 65 for grocery orders over $100 purchased with the code “love65”. The code is good through June 30. Customers must live in their delivery area.

Costco

Costco has partnered with Instacart to offer same-day delivery (at a charge).

Food Lion

Food Lion offers both delivery and pickup—each for a small fee. Fees vary based on order size and request window.

Dollar General

Dollar General lets seniors shop during the first hour of business to create a less crowded, safer, and more socially distanced shopping experience.

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter is offering same-day delivery and pickup. There’s a small shopping fee for both orders, plus two tiers of delivery fee based on the size of the order.

Lidl

Lidl offers grocery delivery through Shipt (membership required).

Lowes Foods

Lowes offers online ordering and grocery pickup. There’s either a one-time fee per order or a one-time annual membership fee.

Publix

Publix offers both delivery and curbside pickup. Both are managed through Instacart.

Sam’s Club

Sam’s has developed a new concierge service for seniors and at-risk members. During designated hours (7am – 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays), members can place their orders from their cars, and a Sam’s Club associate will collect and deliver the items.

Target

Target offers grocery delivery through Script (membership required). They also designate the first hour of business every Wednesday to at-risk populations.

Walmart

Walmart offers free curbside grocery pickup.

Wegmans

Wegmans offers curbside pickup and delivery through Instacart.

Additional Services & Organizations Offering Aid

organizations offering aid

There are several organizations in the Triangle area offering additional services and support for at-risk populations with financial need. Here are some offering food and grocery assistance.

Community of Hope Ministries (Garner)

Community of Hope Ministries offers a drive-through food pantry during specific hours. No sign-up is required and there is no associated cost.

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

This food bank’s Food Finder allows those in need to enter a zip code to show the closest food pantry locations and hours of operation.

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Wake County

Volunteers with the organization work with at-risk individuals to coordinate grocery or pharmacy shopping and pickup. Services are free, and additional assistance, like light housekeeping or visiting, may also be available.

Looking for Assistance in the Triangle?

Here at Linda Craft & Team, we’re here for you during this uncertain time. If you have any questions or are in need of any type of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time.

Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts in Robeson County

North Raleigh and Garner civitan club members

As a local business, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® firmly believes that we should always pay it forward to our community whenever possible.

Earlier in October, Hurricane Matthew damaged homes and businesses in the Triangle area. But in communities south and east of Wake County, in particular Robeson County, the hurricane caused major devastation. Many homes, businesses, and roads flooded, and many homeowners in the Robeson County area are still in shelters weeks after the hurricane dissipated.

The following message is from Catherine Campbell, Area Director of the North Carolina District East Civitan club.

Thanks to Linda Craft & Team from Local Civitan Clubs

truck donated for charityThanks to Linda Craft & Team Realty, the Civitan clubs of Wake and Durham Counties were able to provide a big truck full of desperately needed food, personal care items and clothing to a shelter in Robeson County. This was the hardest hit area from Hurricane Matthew and hundreds of people are still in shelters. We were one of the first trucks to arrive to help these people. We made it known to all volunteers and donors that Linda Craft & Team donated the truck. Because of the horrible plight of our fellow North Carolinians, the truck was offered outside the normal charity practices of your realty company. You are to be commended.

donated goods for Hurricane Matthew reliefFive Civitan clubs in Wake County and three in Durham County quickly put together a plan to help our neighbors. As part of the plan, we sorted the donations into three categories: food, personal care and clothing. The personal care articles included diapers and depends, shampoo, soap and washcloths, towels, mosquito spray and a multitude of other items that are necessary to our lives. Included were a ton of sheets, blankets, pillows and pillow cases to be distributed to the most elderly, disabled and sickly people in the shelters. A few donors included cleaning supplies for the shelter itself.

Linda Craft & Team truck full of suppliesWe picked up the truck at your office at 9:30 Friday morning. The first stop was in North Ridge where items were collected from neighbors and the North Raleigh and Wake Forest Civitan Clubs. We then proceeded to the South Raleigh Clubhouse where both South Raleigh and Durham had their items ready to load. I thought the truck was full when we left this location. When we arrived in Garner, one smart member pointed out that we needed to ensure that the load didn’t shift and block the door from opening. Ropes were laced to hold the contents and the final 25 bags were loaded. Now the truck was unconditionally fully loaded!

people lining up for Hurricane Matthew reliefOur arrival in Robeson County was met by 25 members from 3 Civitan clubs in Robeson County. These people were overwhelmed with emotion to receive these gifts. Tears were definitely shed. The club members unloaded in just a matter of minutes and put the contents of the big truck into smaller trucks and took them off for distribution. They asked us for this method of giving out the supplies because when the first truck arrived Thursday there was a near riot. People were so desperate to receive these supplies that they were overreacting. We felt very lucky to have locals take care of distribution of the donations.

Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being such good, caring citizens in our community. This project would not have gotten done without your help.

Catherine Campbell, Area Director
North Carolina District East Civitan

The Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® Difference

Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® is dedicated to working for the good of our neighbors, our surroundings, and you. We have been helping current residents and home buyers in the Greater Raleigh area for over 30 years. If you are ready to buy a home in the Triangle or ready to sell your home, contact us today at 919-235-0007.

Get Involved at Friday’s 6th Annual Sound Cartel Food Drive

cans of food at a food driveLinda Craft & Team, REALTORS® will again be supporting the 6th annual Food Drive held this Friday night, November 20th at Mosaic Wine Lounge on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. Our team members will also be making donations and supporting this fantastic cause.

In addition to our team, it’s also being supported by GiGi’s Cupcakes in Brier Creek and 919 Magazine. The food collected and donations made will benefit Raleigh’s Food Bank and the Durham Rescue Mission.

If you’re out and about in Raleigh on Friday night, please stop by!

Support Your Raleigh Community with Sound Cartel

This event is organized by Sound Cartel, which is a house music group that was founded with social consciousness in mind. Marshall Jones and Nogui Aramburo (team member at Linda Craft & Team and also known as DJ Nugz on the side) have been involved in the dance music scene for more than 20 years combined.

Friends of many years, and driven by their passion for house music, they joined forces in 2009 to bring you quality music, quality DJs, and quality events. This is the sixth year in a row that they have organized this fantastic food drive.

Raleigh is a Caring Community

Sound Cartel’s annual food drive is certainly not the only opportunity to get involved in the Raleigh area. If you’re relocating to Raleigh, you’ll find countless ways that you can dedicate your time to serve your community, from volunteering at annual food drives and food banks to working with Habitat for Humanity and other local charities.

Our real estate experts are as invested in the community as you are, and can help your move to the area go smoothly by offering you an easy-to-use tool to search for your dream home and a whole library of home buying resources. Let us know how we can serve you as a future Raleigh resident — call us at 919-235-0007 or email linda@lindacraft.com; we would be happy to talk to you.