Stories and Hope

My Why: COVID-19 Vaccine Stories

Celebrating stories of hope

From heartfelt to heartbreak, there are many reasons why one may choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In celebration of fighting this pandemic together and protecting yourself, family, loved ones and the community, share why you chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

To share your why:

  • Click “Add a post" below
  • Post it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ThisIsBig

Experiences with the COVID-19 Vaccine

Giving Options

Plasma donations are urgently needed. If you tested positive for COVID-19 or had a positive antibody test, please consider donating plasma. Visit Versiti to get started.
You must be eligible to donate blood and must have no COVID-19 symptoms at least 14 days prior to donation. Criteria for blood donation is available here. A negative COVID-19 test result is not required.
Those who could not get a COVID-19 test at the time of their illness may qualify to donate plasma if they have a positive antibody test after recovering. Spectrum Health has COVID-19 antibody testing available. This testing is only recommended for individuals either at least 10 to 14 days after their symptoms began, or 10 to 14 days following an exposure to individuals with a confirmed COVID-19 infection. If you are interested, please contact your primary care physician, as testing requires an order from a provider. Thank you for considering a plasma donation and impacting the lives of patients today and into the future.
For more information about convalescent plasma, contact the COVID-19 research team at
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support! We received more than 10,000 reusable homemade masks and hundreds of thousands of medical-grade PPE donations from the community. If you have additional medical-grade PPE to donate, email so we can coordinate drop-off or pick-up of those items.

You can still drop off reusable homemade masks to community partners. We’ve outlined a few below. If you’re a community partner and would like to be added to the list, please email

Locations accepting reusable homemade masks and PPE:

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
1204 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
O: 616.742.0200 ext. 160
D: 616.246.0577
C: 616.723.0830

Cherry Health
To schedule a date and time for delivery, or for questions, please email or call 616.965.8254.
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Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services
1632 Linden Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Donations of PPE accepted. To maintain social distancing while dropping off donations, you can leave the items in your trunk and a Salvation Army volunteer will remove them.
Migrant Legal Aid
Donations of PPE accepted. Please call 616.454.5055 or email to set up a drop off time as office hours vary.
Your monetary donation will provide comfort to our caregivers and community by providing essential needs like personal protection equipment, medical equipment and fulfilling other unique and unexpected health care requests. The need continues to grow with each new day and we couldn’t do it without you. To give your gifts of support, use the link below.
This is a critical time for us as we work together to serve our community in the midst of COVID-19 and its devastating effects. There is no substitute for the lifesaving gift of blood. It is precious. It is perishable.

Spectrum Health hosts blood drives throughout the Spectrum Health System. Spectrum Health proudly uses Versiti to host our blood drives.

If you are healthy and asymptomatic, please consider donating blood. We encourage you to make an appointment at a Versiti donation center or community drive. Thank you in advance for making an appointment to donate.

Additional Resources
  • Click here to learn more about how donors are allowed to donate during Michigan’s Shelter in Place.
  • Have questions on how to prepare to donate? Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Visit the Versiti FAQ Page to find out more.
  • Click here to hear more about what Versiti is doing to ensure donor safety.

We are one team.
Together, we are strong.
Together, we will see this through.