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Help Save a Life and Enter to Win a Chance to Make a Child’s Dream Come True

Northeastern Pennsylvania Region

December 8, 2010
 

Blood Donors are Invited to Ring in the Holiday Season by Helping to Save a Life and Enter to Win a Chance to Make a Child’s Dream Come True!
The American Red Cross asks donors to help patients by giving blood over the crucial holiday time and enter for a chance to win a LalaloopsyMittens Fluff ‘n’ Stuffdoll*

 

The American Red Cross Blood Services is asking donors to help support inventory levels by giving blood over the crucial holiday time when supplies traditionally decline.  The holidays, shopping, uncertain weather conditions, and visiting with friends and family are traditionally reasons there is a decrease in blood donations.  The Northeastern Pennsylvania Region must have 351 people donate daily in order to meet the needs of the 29 area hospitals that we service. 

“We are asking that generous blood donors come in to help support blood collection efforts over the holidays and to enter for a chance to win a Mittens Fluff ‘n’ Stuff™ doll and make a child’s dream come true,” said Donna M. Morrissey, Spokesperson for the American Red Cross Blood Services. 

The Mittens Fluff ‘n’ Stuff™ is one of eight dolls that are part of the “Sew Magical! Sew Cute!” Lalaloopsy™ line.  The popular blue-haired doll is sold out at many local toy stores and is being touted as the “must have” doll of the holiday season.  The lucky winners of the Lalaloopsy™ dolls may choose to give this adorable doll to a child or donate the doll to an organization that provides toys for needy children.*  The American Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Region will be giving away one doll on December 21 among individuals who donated between December 1 and December 15.  A second doll will be given away on January 6 among people who donated between December 16 and December 31. 

After hearing about the Red Cross need, MGA Entertainment generously donated 10 Mittens Fluff ‘n’ Stuff™ dolls to the Northeast Division to help blood collection efforts over the holidays. 

“By donating the Mittens Fluff ‘n’ Stuff™ dolls, we are hoping to support American Red Cross blood collection efforts over the holidays while offering our gratitude to blood donors who bring smiles to patients in need by giving the gift of life,” said Isaac Larian, Chief Executive officer, MGA Entertainment. 

Additionally, throughout the month of December, the American Red Cross Blood Services Northeastern Pennsylvania Region is encouraging people to give ‘The Perfect Gift’ by offering daily presenting donors a chance to win a $25. Visa gift card to be given away each day and one of three monthly grand prizes: a 42” TV, blu-ray player (courtesy Best Buy, Stroudsburg), or GPS (courtesy Best Buy, Scranton).

Eligible volunteer blood and platelet donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.orgto find a blood drive and to make appointments.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Positive identification is required at the time of donation.

 

About the American Red Cross:

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross has been the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States for more than 50 years. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure that no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. The American Red Cross Blood Services - Northeast Division must distribute approximately 3,000 units of blood each day just to meet the basic needs of area patients. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

 

About MGA Entertainment and the Magical World of Lalaloopsy

MGA Entertainment has launched Lalaloopsy™, a unique and whimsical collection of eight different 13” rag dolls who magically come to life when their very last stitch was sewn.  With a tag line of “Sew magical - Sew Cute™, each Lalaloopsy™ was born on a special day in history and has her own personality developed by the fabrics used to make her.  Designed to encourage a child’s imagination and creativity, Lalaloopsy™teaches important life lessons such as diversity, individuality and the idea that everything deserves a second life. The Lalaloopsy dolls™ live in a fantastical world full of silly surprises and with love and a bit of imagination, Lalaloopsy™ magic can go on forever.  Visit the colorful 3D world of Lalaloopsy™ at www.lalaloopsy.com   where Lalaloopsy™ magic is everywhere! 

 

* Prizes are non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash.No purchase, blood donation or payment necessary.  Entry is online.  See complete details and official rules at www.redcrossblood.org/nepa.