The American Red Cross Announces Support for COVID-19 from Duracell

The American Red Cross is recognizing Duracell for their generous donation of 100,000 AAA batteries to be used to power infrared forehead thermometers at blood drives across the country. Duracell has shipped these batteries to ten Red Cross sites throughout the United States for distribution. This gift is vitally important to ensure the safety of our blood donors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful for the continued support of Duracell,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “They have been there to help power our mission before, and their support during this pandemic is helping to ensure we can help save lives through blood donation.”

This donation from Duracell will help maintain the safety at Red Cross blood drives across the country. Due to COVID-19, the Red Cross has implemented additional safety protocols at all blood drives, including screening the temperature of volunteers, donors

Red Crosser Neil Brockway utilizes the temporal scan thermometer as part of facility screening checks at all Red Cross facilities and blood drives.

and staff before they enter a blood drive. Infrared thermometers allow this screening to be completed accurately while maintaining a greater distance between the donor and the screener. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need.

This is the time to take care of one another. If you are healthy and feeling well, please make an appointment to donate in the weeks ahead by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with new CDC public guidance.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 About Duracell:

The Duracell Company and its iconic Duracell brand was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (NYSE-BRK) in 2016.  Since its humble beginnings, Duracell has grown to be the leader in the primary battery market in North America.  In a world where trust is at a premium, Duracell products can be trusted to power all of life’s everyday moments.  Our products are trusted in the devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them, and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles.  Berkshire Hathaway is a $210B holding company owning subsidiaries that engage in diverse business activities. Visit us at for more information or follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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