Local stores host blood drives, offer free coffee for first responders, medical staff

LOCKPORT, NY – During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, communities have stepped up to work together to help protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations. To help support these efforts, Crosby’s Stores has worked to help those organizations and individuals that are out on the front lines through a number of different campaigns.

Blood Drives at Area Stores

Jill Pelonero, Team Leader at the Wales location, and Patti Hartzfeld, District Leader for Crosby'sWith the demand for blood donors at area hospitals higher than ever, Crosby’s has partnered with ConnectLife, Western New York’s only community blood center, to host community blood drives across the region at local stores. So far, events have been held at store locations across Western New York in Mayville, Arcade, Hinsdale, Boston, Wales and Lockport, as well as the Crosby’s in Bradford, Pa.

“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.”

Gina Kearns, District Leader for Crosby'sIndividuals who donate blood during one of these drives at a Crosby’s location will receive a $5 gift card to Crosby’s for their contribution. From the seven events held to date, ConnectLife has collected whole blood and double red cell donations from 103 donors, including 61 first-time donors who were able to donate thanks to the convenient donation locations at area Crosby’s stores, said Amanda Farrell with ConnectLife.

Additional upcoming blood drives are scheduled at the following dates and locations:

Free Coffee for First Responders & Medical Professionals

Kassie Campbell, Team Leader at the Prattsburgh Crosby'sIn addition to the ongoing blood drive campaigns, Crosby’s stores across the region have committed to help those on the front lines by offering them a free coffee or cappuccino from now through April 30. This includes all active military, first responders, such as police and sheriff’s deputies, EMTs and firefighters, as well as doctors, nurses, hospital technicians and other medical patient care professionals.

“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 a free coffee or cappuccino, first responders and medical staff can simply show their active duty or facility ID badge at checkout. This offer is valid at all Crosby’s Coffeehouse locations, and participation varies at stores with Tim Horton’s franchises. Check with your local store to learn more.

Stepping Up Safety in Stores

Rachel Hurtgam, Crosby's AssociateIn addition to these efforts to support the communities they operate in, Crosby’s is also dedicated to keeping employees and customers safe and healthy during the pandemic. Crosby’s has made several changes to checkout procedures to help ensure appropriate social distancing and other CDC recommendations for health and safety. This includes the creation of a “safe zone” at the registers that offers a six-foot space of separation between customers in line and currently paying for their items.

Stores have also established taped lines to demarcate appropriate spacing for those customers in the queue, and cashiers are wiping down counters and customer PIN pads with sanitizer between every customer interaction. Fountain beverage and coffee service has also been altered, with lids and condiments now available at the register to reduce potential exposure. Associates at all stores are also wearing gloves and changing them between customer interactions, and have been provided face masks to wear.

Guests will also notice hand sanitizer available near each store entrance. In addition, new Plexiglass screens have been installed at checkout counters at each location. These are designed to offer a further layer of protection for both cashiers and customers to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

Locally Owned, Locally Minded

Based in Lockport, N.Y., Crosby’s Stores have been a part of Western New York and northern Pennsylvania communities for decades, and is dedicated to supporting our neighbors in these areas every day. We thank our loyal customers for their continued patronage, and know that together, with our combined efforts to stay safe, we will get through this crisis and all emerge stronger than ever.