Red Cross has emergency need for blood and platelet donations

Donors needed now after severe winter weather forces blood drive cancellations

BURLINGTON, VT (Jan. 26, 2016) — The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors. Severe winter weather since Jan. 1 has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives across 20 states, resulting in more than 9,500 donations uncollected, further depleting an already low winter supply. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in,” said Mary Brant, communications manager of the Northern New England Blood Services. “Eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help ensure blood products are available for patients locally, and across the country, including areas severely impacted by winter weather.”

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 2-year-old Charlie Stephens. Charlie has received both blood and platelets during treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her mother, Michelle Stephens, donates blood regularly. “I want to help supply blood for someone else, because others have provided for my family,” she said.

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

 How to donate blood

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Vermont Blood Donation Opportunities Feb. 1-15, 2016

Blood donations urgently needed by the American Red Cross

BURLINGTON, VT (January 19, 2016) – The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.

Blood is needed to respond to emergencies large and small, across the country every day. For Heather Von Glahn, it was a personal emergency – her 8-year-old daughter’s leukemia diagnosis – that inspired her to make the commitment to give blood regularly. “I’ve seen blood save her life at least 10 times,” said Von Glahn. “When friends and family ask what they can do for my daughter, I tell them to donate blood. It matters so much!”

Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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New Hampshire Blood Donation Opportunities Feb. 1-15, 2016

Blood donations urgently needed by the American Red Cross

MANCHESTER, NH (January 19, 2016) – The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.

Blood is needed to respond to emergencies large and small, across the country every day. For Heather Von Glahn, it was a personal emergency – her 8-year-old daughter’s leukemia diagnosis – that inspired her to make the commitment to give blood regularly. “I’ve seen blood save her life at least 10 times,” said Von Glahn. “When friends and family ask what they can do for my daughter, I tell them to donate blood. It matters so much!”

Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Lincoln Financial Foundation Supports Red Cross Nurse Training Program With $15K Grant

Concord, NH, 1/21/2016 – The American Red Cross has received a $15,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to assist in funding the American Red Cross (ARC) Nurse Assistant Training program in New Hampshire.

During their training, aspiring nursing assistants learn to provide quality care for residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care and hospice settings. This highly-competitive program positions students for success as graduates have a 95% pass rate on the state licensing exam.

With over 20 years of experience training both Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) and LNA instructors in New Hampshire, the ARC Nursing Assistant Training program is designed with input from educators, caregivers and industry representatives from across the United States. It is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing and the New Hampshire Department of Education Post-Secondary Commission.

Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s annual $10 million investment in its local communities’ youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being, and arts programs.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation:

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic / workforce development.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Support needed to help purchase a new bloodmobile

In 15 years, our bloodmobile has traveled over 200,000 miles. Appearing at more than 250 blood drives and transporting up to 6,000 units of blood annually, it is a crucial member of our Red Cross team.

The bloodmobile allows us collect and safely transport blood donations and deliver vital blood and blood products to patients in need. With each unit of blood capable of helping up to three people, the bloodmobile makes it possible to save the lives of nearly 18,000 blood recipients each year.

But the last 15 years have taken their toll. Our bloodmobile breaks down an average of four times a month often forcing us to cancel blood drives and missing opportunities to share the gift of life.

With your generous contributions, you can help us raise the $375,000 needed to purchase a new bloodmobile for your community.

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Bloodmobile Corporate Sponsorship Form

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YESI would like to become a sponsor!

After 15 years and over 200,000 miles, it’s time for our bloodmobile to retire. Read more.

PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP $50,000

  • Large logo placed on the exterior of the New Hampshire Red Cross bloodmobile for one year. The bloodmobile will also travel to VT and ME.  Exposure in three states.
  • Visibility at largest blood drives throughout New Hampshire
  • Company recognition at two chapter events.
  • In addition to all benefits outlined at the Gold Membership level below

GOLD MEMBERSHIP $25,000

  • Secondary logo placed on the exterior of the New Hampshire Red Cross bloodmobile for one year. The bloodmobile will also travel to VT and ME.  Exposure in three states.
  • Signage at the Regional Blood Center in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Company recognition at one chapter event
  • Website banner and badge provided for use on Donor Company’s website
  • Quote from Red Cross leadership for donor company’s use (non-endorsement purposes) and sample language provided for Donor Company’s website explaining gift to the Red Cross and current statistics.
  • In addition to all benefits outlined at the Silver Membership level below

SILVER MEMBERSHIP $10,000

  • Company name listed on plaque at Regional Blood Center in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Company name listed on plaque inside new bloodmobile recognizing donors at $10,000 and above
  • In addition to all benefits outlined at the Bronze Membership level below

BRONZE MEMBERSHIP $5,000

  • Recognition via media outlets and through social media platforms
  • Recognition in the American Red Cross of New Hampshire and Vermont bi-annual newsletter highlighting details of bloodmobile activity
  • Plaque presentation and photo opportunity with local Red Cross staff
  • Company name and logo presented on American Red Cross regional website recognizing all bloodmobile donors

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