WASHINGTON D.C. – November 3, 2015 — The American Red Cross and Herbalife International of America have partnered to provide protein bars for blood and platelet donors to enjoy in refreshment areas, available in select locations across the country, while supplies last. Health professionals recommend that individuals eat a nutritious meal and hydrate immediately after donating blood and so Herbalife has provided the Red Cross with 280,000 protein bars.
"We appreciate Herbalife's efforts to help raise awareness about the constant need for blood," said Donna Morrissey, director of National Partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. "The generous donation from Herbalife is a wonderful addition to our blood drives – these protein bars will be a great way to thank blood donors for rolling up a sleeve to help save lives."
Herbalife has been a long-standing supporter of the Red Cross – hosting blood drives at various locations across the country, supporting local charitable events, and providing support for the Red Cross during times of disasters. Since 2006, Herbalife has hosted 25 blood drives at various locations across the country which provided over 1,300 units of blood collected. The Red Cross appreciates the many ways Herbalife is helping to encourage blood and platelet donors to give.
"Our mission at Herbalife is to change people's lives and so we proudly partner with the American Red Cross to help them further their noble work," said Michael O. Johnson, chairman and CEO, Herbalife. "Having a nutritious snack after donating blood is important, and we are honored to be the source of that nutrition to blood donors after they give blood."
Each year, more than 3 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. Herbalife’s generosity supports the nation’s largest blood collection organization to continue providing the safest, most reliable and cost-effective blood services to patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
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.
American Red Cross Contact: Public Affairs Desk, Telephone: (202) 303-5551, FOR MEDIA ONLY
Herbalife Contact: Mike Gutierrez, Telephone: 213-745-0401
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