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American Red Cross Looking For Drivers

Missouri-Illinois

October 18, 2011
 

Volunteer Couriers Needed To Help Transport Blood Products

 

Have you ever wondered what happens to blood after it’s donated at an American Red Cross blood drive or donor center? Where does it go after it’s been collected and screened? The answer: hospitals around the Missouri-Illinois region.  And how does it get there? Through the help of volunteer couriers.

 

The Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help transport blood from our regional headquarters at 4050 Lindell Blvd. in St. Louis to hospitals and blood centers around the area.  Volunteers can work weekdays, evenings, or weekends on a schedule that’s convenient for them.

 

Drivers must have a valid Missouri class E driver’s license or comparable license from another state, must be at least 21 years old, have a good driving record, and be able to lift up to 50 pounds. 

 

Peter Foulkes has been a volunteer courier for the Red Cross for nearly a year after hearing about the opportunity at a volunteer fair.  He says he enjoys the freedom the position offers, as well as the relative ease of the work and the opportunity to meet often with other Red Cross volunteers and staff members.

 

By becoming a volunteer courier, you will be playing an important part in the Red Cross efforts to help save lives.  Hospitals in the Missouri-Illinois region need blood daily, and it’s in part because of the generous efforts of our drivers that the Red Cross is able to keep hospitals’ supplies stable.

 

“Volunteers are a huge part of what we do at the American Red Cross and I have wonderful volunteer couriers that help us out on a weekly basis,” says Kelly Loepker, Volunteer Services Manager.  “They are wonderful people who donate their time to help us save lives.  Since the Red Cross is a not for profit organization, we rely on the selflessness of volunteers. These volunteers not only bring such a great joy to the organization but also help the organization save money.  We truly appreciate all of the support and time our volunteers provide to us.”

Interested volunteers do not just have to donate their time as couriers.  They can also help out at the many blood drives held daily throughout the region, or assist office staff at the largest humanitarian organization in the United States.  If you are interested in learning more about exciting Red Cross volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS.  You can also contact Loepker at (314) 658-8626.

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How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; 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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org