Senator Parker Hosts Important Community COVID testing and Blood Drive
With temperatures plunging, and the remnants of a heavy snowfall still prevalent around Brooklyn, Senator Kevin Parker and his team had a full schedule of community events focusing on COVID testing, handing out COVID at-home kits and a blood drive.
These three events took place between Flatbush Gardens and the Sons of Kings Local Lodge, for which Senator Kevin Parker is a member.
“It was a pleasure to be out this week at the Glenwood Houses and Flatbush Gardens today getting folks tested, and getting them at-home COVID tests to make sure we stay vigilant and keep our communities safe. While the Omicron variant infection rates have slowed, it is important we continue to take steps to slow the spread so our businesses and schools can stay open and serve families of the 21st District,” said State Senator Kevin Parker.
The Senator also partnered with local organizations to host a blood drive, which comes at a particularly critical moment for the city’s blood reserves. According to the New York Blood Center blood reserve levels are well below what is needed, at a time when hospitalization rates are high.
According to the Community Care Center of New York, the City “is in dire need of blood donors. The ongoing shortage is even more severe as we head into winter and the holiday season. Save a life by donating blood,” read a recent tweet.
“One of the most important things a New Yorker can do to help their fellow New Yorkers is to donate blood. Our blood reserves are consistently well below the desired targets, and during this inclement weather and with COVID still a serious challenge, I urge everyone to get out there and give blood. A special thank you to the Sons of Kings Lodge for helping to host and facilitate this last blood drive,” continued Senator Parker.
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