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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Red Cross needs your blood donation

A Message from SOV'S Red Cross Representative:

To all of my wonderful Blood Drive Partners -

I wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated all of the help and support that you have offered our local communities over the years by hosting numerous blood drives.  I appreciate you so much and can't thank you enough for your support.As you may or may not know, it has been a particularly tough time for the American Red Cross, and us in Portland especially, to keep up with hospital demand for blood and blood products.

To name just a few challenges:

*  The snows of the first of the month and of the last couple of days canceled or delayed 5 large High School blood drives and that means hundreds of pints of blood went uncollected.
*  It is now Spring Beak week (or soon will be), and with family vacations and High School's out of session, it always puts a strain on the system.
* To go with the cold and snow, we were faced with heat and fire - our dear partner at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Tualatin had a horrible fire that decimated their church.  The congregation perseveres, but this is a challenging time for them.  Hold them close in your thoughts; and if you think you may be able to lend a hand of aid or comfort, please contact Ken Dale at: kwd595@hotmail.com.  I want to also specially recognize the wonder folks at Christ the King Lutheran Church for stepping in to host the blood drive that had been scheduled at the end of the month at Living Savior. Without their support, that could have been another 50 pints of blood we would not have been able to collect.
*  And lastly, fire was not done with the American Red Cross as one of our mobile Bloodmobiles spontaneously caught fire Tuesday morning at about Midnight.  Thanks to the quick actions of our overnight crew and the Portland Fire Department, the damage was contained and the bus was not a complete loss.  It can be repaired, but will hamper the ARC's ability to collect until those repairs are completed, perhaps 3-4 weeks from now.

With all of that negativity, let me share something positive.  Right now, as I type this, the American Red Cross is shipping out life saving blood, plasma, and platelets to our local hospitals to treat diseases, save lives, and improve the recovery of patients in 83 hospitals across the NW, some as far away as Alaska! We don't make the ask very often, but now is a challenging time.  For all of the reasons above, plus the hardships that are left unstated.  My question to you is:  Is there anything you can do to help?Could you send an email to your organization encouraging them to donate blood, even once, even if it is their first time and they are afraid of needles? :)  Could you make a mention in a church bulletin or make a mention of it at the end of services?  Could you remind one person why you are a blood donor, and encourage them to come with you to donate?

The Power of One is incredible.  One conversation, one email, one phone call.  It all adds up to lives improved, lives saved.  Anyone who wants to donate can email me, or simple call 800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767), or go online at www.redcrossblood.org to sign up to donate at a blood drive near them. Thank you for taking the time to read through my appeal.  I again can't say enough how much each of you do to support our life-saving mission.  If you ever have any questions or concerns…please reach out and I am here for you.

Sincerely,

Jeff Mason

Jeffrey R Mason | Territory Representative
American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Division
3131 N. Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 528-5605 (p) | (503) 475-4645 (c)
(503) 284-0151 (f) | masonjr@usa.redcross.org