Summer’s Coming – What are Your Kids and Grandkids Doing This Year?

 By Doug Bardwell,  American Red Cross volunteer

Don’t look outside; but trust me — summer is coming. We may just skip spring, but summer is coming. And, what do your children or grandchildren have planned for their school vacation? Red Cross has a suggestion.

Since many teenagers are required to complete a certain number of service hours, there’s a way they can do that and gain some life skills at the same time. Have them consider the American Red Cross Summer Youth Corps program  where youth will serve as Donor Ambassadors at our blood drives.

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Open to teens and young adults from 14 to 24, it’s easy to get involved. Start by contacting Melanie Collins at melanie.collins4@redcross.org or 330-204-6615. She’ll enroll them in one of the two remaining mandatory training sessions:

  • Saturday, May 5, 2018                9:30 am – 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018            2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

After training, the program suggests a minimum of 10 shifts between June 1st and August 31st; but hopefully, they’ll enjoy it so much they’ll want to sign up for more.

What to expect?

The program focuses on Biomedical Services and helping with the blood drives throughout Northern Ohio, usually held Monday through Friday. You can select the locations and times that are most convenient. Heck, where else can you find a summer job that doesn’t tie up all your weekends?

At the drive location, there are multiple ways to help the medical staff, such as:

  • Welcoming, registering and escorting donors as they arrive.
  • Explaining the donation paperwork process.
  • Making reminder calls, scheduling or rescheduling donor appointments and doing follow up.
  • Recognizing donors for their contribution and socializing in the hospitality area.

IMG_1464The goal is to make the entire visit pleasant for the donors, ensuring that they’ll want to donate again in the future.

In return, volunteers will develop customer service skills transferable to any industry.  With a Red Cross name badge, they’ll be respected as a member of America’s leading blood donation organization. They’ll also receive a letter of reference for their resume/portfolio.  Isn’t that a better deal than a discount on greasy burgers?

Contact Melanie Collins for more details:   melanie.collins4@redcross.org or 330-204-6615.

Volunteer Profile: Megan and Tanya Williams

Volunteers Ensure American Red Cross Lifesaving Mission Continues

By Christy Peters, External Communications Manager, Biomedical Services

April is National Volunteer Month, the perfect time to recognize all those individuals who help carry out the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross, not only as blood and platelet donors, but as blood drive volunteers. Every day, at blood drives across Northern Ohio, dedicated volunteers greet and register blood donors, serve as donor escorts and manage the blood drive refreshment area. These volunteers are vital in making blood drives successful and ensuring patients receive the lifesaving blood products they need.

Megan and Tanya Williams

Megan and Tanya Williams

Megan Williams began volunteering with the Red Cross as a student at Streetsboro High School. She now attends the University of Akron and continues to work with the Red Cross. She volunteers regularly at the Summit Donor Center and every year at the Sheraton Cuyahoga Falls Holiday Blood Drive. Megan even got her mom Tanya involved and now, volunteering at the Sheraton Blood Drive is something they do, together, every year. Megan says she enjoys helping out and the Red Cross is thankful for her dedication!

In addition to volunteering at blood drives, the Red Cross is always looking for more blood and platelet donors. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donating is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference.

The Red Cross is hosting its annual Hometown Hero Blood Drive tomorrow at Aloft Cleveland Downtown on the East Bank of the Flats. Come to donate and enjoy a 98.5 WNCX live broadcast all day with Bill Louis and Michael Stanley, free goody bag with gifts from sponsors, complimentary parking and food.

Use the Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter code “WNCX” or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your appointment for the Hometown Hero Blood Drive today! To learn more about volunteering with the Red Cross visit RedCross.org/neo and click “Volunteer.”

 

#GiveMoreLife at the Annual WNCX Hometown Hero Blood Drive

Formerly Known as The Bloodsuckers Buffet

By Christy Peters, External Communications Manager, Biomedical Services

Heroes come in all types! Join the American Red Cross, 98.5 WNCX and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for the Hometown Hero Blood Drive next Tuesday, April 17, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Aloft Cleveland Downtown on the East Bank of the Flats. Formerly Bloodsuckers Buffet, the Hometown Hero Blood Drive is an annual event that helps ensure patients in over 50 local hospitals receive the blood products they need.

Come to donate and enjoy a 98.5 WNCX live broadcast all day with Bill Louis and Michael Stanley, free goody bag with gifts from sponsors, complimentary parking and food. During National Volunteer Month in April, the Red Cross celebrates the contributions of its volunteers and asks people to become blood donors. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 units of blood each day. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for those in need of transfusions. There is no artificial substitute for blood.

From the 2017 Hometown Hero Blood Drive
Photo Credit: Jim McIntyre/American Red Cross

Blood donors are part of an elite group that helps save lives. Only about 3 percent of the total U.S. population donates blood each year. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

Use the Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter code “WNCX” or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your appointment for the Hometown Hero Blood Drive today!

 

 

Generosity Flows From Their Veins

Blood Drive at Landerhaven draws hundreds of donors on a winter’s day in Northeast Ohio

 

The annual “Give from the Heart” blood drive at Landerhaven near Cleveland resulted in the donation of 528 units of blood, thanks to the generous donors who braved snow and cold to give the gift of life.

One of those donors was Michelle Polinko, the Regional Development Officer for the American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region.

“Giving blood isn’t always easy or convenient, but it’s always the right thing to do,” she said, as Collections Technician Willie Muse worked with good humor to ensure Michelle’s experience was positive. DVXfoKJWAAI51Wl (3)

Also adding to the positive vibe was the food provided by Executive Caterers.

The donations of blood could not have come at a more crucial time, as the Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. Ongoing winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled Red Cross blood drives, resulting in the blood and platelet donation shortfall. Blood donations are critically needed so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need.

To schedule an appointment for a future blood donation, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org,   or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Give From the Heart Turns 20

Landerhaven Blood Drive Comes Amidst Critical Shortage, Urgent Need for Donations

By Christy Peters, External Communications Manager, Biomedical Services

The American Red Cross is partnering with Executive Caterers at Landerhaven for the 20th annual Give from the Heart Blood Drive. The blood drive is Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive in Mayfield Heights.

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Photo Credit: Mary Williams/American Red Cross

The Give from the Heart Blood Drive is a lifesaving tradition in northeast Ohio. In the past 19 years, the event has collected more than 12,200 units of blood for local patients. All presenting donors will receive gifts from blood drive sponsors, while supplies last, and enjoy live entertainment throughout the drive. Donors will also enjoy gourmet food for breakfast, lunch or dinner, courtesy of Executive Caterers.

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. Ongoing winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. Blood donations are critically needed now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

To schedule an appointment for this special event, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit rcblood.org/appt and enter code: Landerhaven  or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

 

Give One More Lifesaving Gift Before the Year Ends!

Crocker Park to Host First Holiday Blood Drive

 

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The American Red Cross is asking the community to give one more gift before the year ends – the gift of life! Crocker Park and Cleveland’s Q104 are hosting a special blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Crocker Park’s Market Square. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, a gift, while supplies last, raffle drawings and a free train ride and snow globe photo at Crocker Park.

Right now, the Red Cross has a critical need for type O negative and B negative donors to help save patient lives. Type O negative and B negative blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they are coming in. Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

Blood donations decline as people get busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day to help ensure patients get the treatment they need.

Your blood donation may give a patient in need more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. To make an appointment for the Crocker Park Holiday Blood Drive, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit rcblood.org/appt and enter code: marketsquare or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

 

 

Blood Drives Abound this Holiday Season

Give more life this holiday season by donating blood or platelets at one of the many blood drives scheduled throughout Northeast Ohio.  Donations typically drop during the holidays, with people occupied by other activities or travel.  But patients don’t get a holiday from the need for blood or platelets, so if you can, visit redcrossblood.org to find the blood drive most convenient for you, or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

Some of the blood drives scheduled include:

  • Tuesday, December 19 – Quicken Loans Arena, 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, December 19 – Hilton Garden Inn Twinsburg, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Thursday, December 21 – Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls, 7: 00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Friday, December 22 – Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, December 22 – Packard Music Hall, Warren, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

A special blood drive took place in Ashtabula last week.  Red Cross Communications Volunteer Paul Wadowick captured the story:

Arturo Gomez, a sophomore at Lakeside High in the Ashtabula City School District, wanted to help his community in a positive way.  Arturo shared, “By surrounding myself in a blood drive environment, it would also help me towards my goal to be an RN.” The door opened towards achieving this project with parental support. Eager to do this drive, Arturo met with the area blood drive manager, Tara Dragon. She introduced him to the components needed for organizing a drive. Next, this fifteen year old applied himself to promoting. Flyers were posted in the school and community.  Social media was engaged.  One-on-one contacts were made with people he knows. Blood drive reality arrived on December 15, 2017.

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Arturo hosted during the entire scheduled time. The volunteer Blood Drive Ambassador highlighted ‘customer service’ ways for registration requirements and canteen courtesies. When the day was done, Arturo’s learning curve had grown and four first time donors had signed in.  Thank you Arturo for a job well done!