During National Volunteer Month, the American Red Cross celebrates everyday heroes who offer their time and talent to help those in their community. The Red Cross recognizes those volunteers who make a difference by hosting blood drives. Each day, the Red Cross holds about 500 blood drives. These blood drives would not be possible without the commitment of community organizations that volunteer to serve as sponsors or hosts, providing opportunities for blood donors to roll up a sleeve for patients in need.
Sponsoring a blood drive can be a rewarding experience for organizations such as businesses, schools, churches and other civic groups. It is also a great occasion to build morale and camaraderie as fellow members, students or employees work together to give back to their community.
CORNING INCORPORATED LEADS BY EXAMPLE
Look no further than the Corning area of New York for one of the most dedicated Red Cross blood drive sponsors. Over the last 10 years, Corning Incorporated employees have donated more than 24,000 units of blood. In 2016, Corning employees donated nearly 2,500 units, collected from blood drives at seven company locations.
“Donating blood is such a uniquely personal gift that is both life saving and life sustaining,” said Corning’s Director of Health Services Dr. James Schuppert. “To save a co-worker, friend, neighbor or family member is the ultimate act of paying it forward. The need for blood is always there, and no money is required. We all have the potential ability to give this gift and to help save a life.”
Corning is committed to supporting its community and hosting Red Cross blood drives is one way they give back.
In February 2017, Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern attended Corning’s blood donor recognition event, thanking the company and its employees for their unwavering dedication to the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.
VOLUNTEER BLOOD DRIVE SPONSORS NEEDED
Now is the time to volunteer to become a Red Cross blood drive sponsor as we approach the critical summer months. During the months of June, July and August, fewer people come out to give blood due to many schools being out of session, people taking vacations and other seasonal activities. Red Cross blood drive sponsors are critical in helping meet the constant need for blood and by offering convenient opportunities for blood donors to give.
Almost any organization can support the Red Cross by hosting blood drives. Blood drives can be held either on a Red Cross blood donation bus or in the facility of the hosting organization. A Red Cross representative will work with the sponsor to determine the best set up for the specific blood drive.
For more information about hosting a blood drive or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
HOST A VIRTUAL BLOOD DRIVE THROUGH SLEEVESUP
SleevesUp lets those who feel passionate about blood donation create a virtual blood drive and encourage colleagues, friends and family members to give blood or platelets, or make a financial donation to support their campaign. SleevesUp campaigns allow people to honor someone’s life, celebrate a special occasion or simply bring others together to help save lives – any time of the year – regardless of location.
To learn more about SleevesUp campaigns, visit redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.