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210216 COVID-19 Plasma 1 (James Neiss/staff photographer) Cheektowaga, NY - Town of Porter Supervisor Duffy Johnston begins the process of donating COVID-19 convalescent plasma at the American Red Cross on Union Road in Cheektowaga. Convalescent Plasma: COVID-19 convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and contains antibodies that might help patients actively fighting the virus. With each donation, COVID-19 survivors have a unique ability to help up to four patients recover. Since July, the American Red Cross has been able to slowly rebuild our supply of convalescent plasma with the help of generous donors. However, a critical need remains for individuals who have fully recovered and received a verified COVID-19 diagnosis to give. The Red Cross urges COVID-19 survivors to sign-up by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org/plasma4covid.