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Eighth annual Bob’s High School Heroes blood drive to be held at Gillette Stadium


October 24, 2014

Event in celebration of annual Bob’s Discount Furniture $250,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (October 24, 2014) – Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross are teaming up with the New England Patriots to host the eighth annual Bob’s High School Heroes blood drive and day of family fun at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside the Putnam Club.

During the blood drive, all attendees will have a chance to enter to win autographed Patriots memorabilia and game tickets. In addition to sponsoring the event, Bob’s Discount Furniture is generously donating furniture gift cards to be raffled off throughout the day. Patriots legends are scheduled to attend as well as Patriots cheerleaders. There will be a Halloween costume contest for children (12 years old and younger) who come to the blood drive in costume. Participating area high school cheerleaders will attend and entertain during the blood drive. 

“The Red Cross truly appreciates Bob’s Discount Furniture for being a committed sponsor for more than 18 years and we thank the New England Patriots for hosting the annual blood drive to help patients in need,” said Jeff Meyer, CEO, Massachusetts and Connecticut Blood Services Regions. “Volunteer blood donors are needed every day to help keep the nation’s blood supply at adequate levels.”

“We’re honored to support the Red Cross and their lifesaving services. We are pleased to partner with the Red Cross and the New England Patriots and provide a day of family fun at Gillette Stadium, while at the same time helping to save lives,” said Bob Kaufman, President Emeritus of Bob’s Discount Furniture. 

The Red Cross recently launched a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App that puts the power to save lives in the palm of donors’ hands. The Red Cross will host a Blood Donor App lounge at Gillette Stadium, providing visitors the opportunity to download the app and schedule a future blood donation appointment.

This family-oriented, fun filled event is in celebration of the annual Bob’s Discount Furniture $250,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey who have made exceptional contributions to their schools’ volunteer blood donor programs. For official rules about the scholarship, visit Donors will have the opportunity to have their blood donation applied to a high school of their choice as part of the scholarship program.

All presenting donors will receive a t-shirt. To make an appointment to donate blood at this event, simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log on to

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Bob’s Discount Furniture

Bob’s Discount Furniture provides a wide variety of quality furnishings – including living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, office furniture and home accents – at everyday low prices. The stores also offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience featuring cafes in each store with free gourmet coffee, ice cream, cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering the highest-value home furnishings at the lowest possible prices. With 54 stores located throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the Manchester, Conn.-based company has become the 15th-largest U.S. furniture chain. Bob’s is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 15 years. In addition, the Bob’s Outreach program was created as a separate entity to help schools and children-related charities. Every year the company donates more than $100,000 to schools and more than $1.5 million to charities through these programs. To find out more about Bob’s Discount Furniture, visit To find out more about Bob’s Discount Furniture, visit For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit, and follow us on Twitter @MyBobs and @MyBobs_Charity and on Facebook at

Media contact: Jecoliah Ellis, 781-686-2943, @RedCrossBloodMA