Blood donors who team up with the American Red Cross this April can help save lives along with the Earth! Those who come out to donate blood or platelets will receive a special Earth Month T-shirt April 6-9 or April 20-23. A tree will be planted for every 10 Red Cross donors during the month of April—our goal is to have 2,500 trees planted in honor of Carolinas Region blood donors! Donors could also win one of five gift packs–which include Earth-friendly products from Pacific Shaving Company and Harris Teeter gift cards.
“The Red Cross has long celebrated Earth Month and encourages its donors to be environmentally conscientious, so a partnership with Pacific Shaving Company and Trees for the Future is a great fit,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Blood is truly a renewable resource that can help those in need, and we couldn’t be more grateful of our generous donors who give so selflessly of their resources so others may live.”
“We strongly believe in the work of the American Red Cross,” said Stan Ades, President of Pacific Shaving Company and blood donor for more than 20 years. “We are proud to partner with the Carolinas Blood Services Region during Earth Month and to offer presenting donors our natural and eco-friendly shaving products as a thank you for rolling up their sleeve. After all, shaving is no way to give blood. The American Red Cross is.”
The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Call 1-877-975-2835 to make an appointment to donate platelets.