Suburban Propane partners with the American Red Cross in the first nationwide “Fuel Your Community” campaign to help save lives
LANSING, Mich. (Sept. 30th) — During October, Suburban Propane is joining the American Red Cross to raise awareness of the constant need for blood and platelet donations with the first nationwide “Fuel Your Community” campaign. All presenting blood and platelet donors at Red Cross blood drives and donation centers during October will be eligible to win one $5,000 Visa gift card as part of the campaign, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
While the October “Fuel Your Community” campaign is the first nationwide effort, it’s the sixth time Suburban Propane and the Red Cross have partnered to raise awareness since 2012. Most recently, in June, Suburban Propane helped to collect more than 750 blood donations as part of an 11-state partnership from Maine to South Carolina. During the October campaign, Suburban Propane will sponsor an advertising campaign to raise greater awareness for the constant need for blood and platelet donations, and its employees will volunteer at blood drives and give blood or platelets themselves.
“Suburban Propane chose to support the Red Cross because of the impact it makes in people’s lives every day,” said Mark Wienberg, Suburban’s Chief Operating Officer. “Some of our employees have been directly affected by the need for donated blood and they inspire us to make a difference in the communities we serve. We are proud to partner with the Red Cross in our first nationwide effort.”
From Kristine Smith, a mother receiving blood after the birth of her son, to Janet Nitchman standing by her husband’s side while he receives transfusions after a liver transplant, the Red Cross has touched the lives of many Suburban Propane employees. “I am appreciative of all blood donors out there, they really do save lives,” said Smith.
“The support of Suburban Propane is welcomed and tremendously appreciated as the Red Cross aims to maintain sufficient blood supplies for hospital patients all year long,” said Jim Flickema, CEO, Great Lakes and Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Regions. “We hope this campaign encourages more people to give the gift of life.”
To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). For more information about the campaign, visit redcrossblood.org/suburbanpropane.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.