The American Red Cross announces the launch of the newest member of its mobile blood donation fleet. This new state-of-the-art vehicle will be unveiled on Friday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. at the blood drive being held at the Dunn Bros. in Apple Valley, Minn.
“Our staff is very excited to get the bus on the road and make it even more convenient to give the gift of life,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Region of American Red Cross Blood Services.
The newest addition to the Red Cross fleet was made possible by the substantial support from, and partnership with, the Berglund Foundation. In addition, the Berglund Foundation has generously donated multiple vehicles to support American Red Cross disaster response.
“Thanks to their generosity, our volunteers are better able to respond and help families affected by then more than 600 disasters we face every year in Minnesota,” said Phil Hansen, CEO of the American Red Cross Minnesota Region.
“Wesley Berglund, the founder of the Ray & Florence Berglund Family Foundation, often would comment how the Red Cross was always out serving people in need whether it be disaster relief to those impacted by natural events or blood services for those who were injured and needed blood,” said Steve Nelson, Trustee of the Berglund Foundation. “If Mr. Berglund were here today I believe he would be honored that his foundation was able to provide the necessary funds to purchase this new state-of-the-art blood mobile which will help the Red Cross to provide better and more convenient ways to collect blood for our community and those in need.”
The interior of the new bus offers greater climate control and a more open floor plan, providing a more comfortable donor experience. Among the new features are five donor beds with reversible beds. These features allow either a right or left arm donation, which means donors won’t have to wait for a bed that meets their arm preference.
The bus will be used regularly at blood drives throughout the region at many different locations, including businesses like the Dunn Bros. in Apple Valley.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin with offices in Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn or redcrossblood.org. Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross Minnesota Region. Follow us on Twitter: @mnredcross or @RedCrossBloodNC.