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Red Cross urges blood and platelet donations to prevent summer shortage

Source: American Red Cross Source: American Red Cross
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The American Red Cross is urging donors to participate in Suburban Propane's ‘100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.' campaign by choosing a day to donate blood or platelets to give hope to patients in need.

“Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and vacation season, and the start of a seasonal decline in blood and platelet donations,” said Ryan Corcoran, community CEO of the South Carolina Blood Services Region. “By choosing a day to give blood or platelets, volunteer donors can give hope and help maintain a sufficient supply for patients in need.”

Suburban Propane will support an advertising public awareness campaign regarding the continuous need for blood and platelet donations and encourage employees and customers to give, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

“The Suburban Propane family is proud to support the mission of the Red Cross and help ensure that blood and platelets are available for patients in need during the challenging summer months,” said Mark Wienberg, Chief Operating Officer for Suburban Propane. “By partnering with the Red Cross, we are able to continue a noble cause that improves the lives of those in our communities.”

The Red Cross has changed the lives of many Suburban Propane employees, including Debbie Traub, the release states. Traub's 74-year-old father sustained life-threatening injuries after falling from a ladder while power washing his home in May 2014. After her father spent 20 days in the intensive care unit and received multiple blood transfusions, Traub says she now knows the importance of giving blood and donates at the Suburban Propane headquarter blood drive in honor of her father.

“Through the unwaivering commitment of Suburban Propane, the lifesaving blood and platelet donations made to the Red Cross may help families stay together, patients recover and people survive,” added Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships for the Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Donors who give blood or platelets from May 23-25 will receive a Red Cross RuMe tote bag, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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