Deep River Snacks and the American Red Cross have joined together for another year to give a special thank you for blood and platelet donors. Deep River Snacks is donating $150,000 worth of potato chips and salty snacks to be provided at all Red Cross blood donation centers throughout the country, while supplies last.
“We are grateful for Deep River Snacks’ continued partnership with the American Red Cross,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island. “This donation of delicious snacks refuels our blood donors after they have donated to help those in need. Partners like Deep River Snacks allow us to provide a special thank you to these generous donors who give the gift of lifesaving blood.”
"Our mission at Deep River Snacks is to support our communities and touch the lives of others, so we proudly continue to partner with the American Red Cross to help them further their noble work," said Kevin Foltz, Marketing Director, Deep River Snacks. "Having a plentiful 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, nearly 2.7 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. Deep River Snacks’ generosity supports the nation’s largest blood collection organization to continue providing safe and reliable blood services to patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood contains many substances including red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, platelets, water and various nutrients and minerals which is why health professionals recommend that individuals eat a snack and hydrate immediately after donating blood.
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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 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 redcross.org/cruz-roja, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.