Nationwide Funds Bloodmobile for Red Cross Region
New Bus on Display at Bridgestone Arena Feb. 24 before Predators Game
(Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 15, 2011) -- The American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region is unveiling a new bloodmobile, funded by the Nationwide Insurance Foundation, on Thursday, Feb. 24 at Bridgestone Arena, where the Nashville Predators are facing the Chicago Blackhawks.
During a break in the Predators-Blackhawks game, a Nationwide representative is handing over the bloodmobile keys to Tim Ryerson, CEO of the Tennessee Valley Region Red Cross. The evening is designated Nationwide night and the game starts at 7 p.m.
“Nationwide is proud to support the American Red Cross by helping increase its ability to collect blood donations and help save lives,” says Brad Liggett, Regional Vice President for Nationwide’s South Central Region. “We welcome the opportunity to join arms with the community and an organization that serves all of us during times of need.”
The bloodmobile is parking at Broadway and Fifth Avenue in front of the Arena between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for everyone to see.
“The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region is honored to be selected by Nationwide Insurance Foundation for such a generous donation,” Ryerson says. “The new bloodmobile offers state of the art equipment, including the opportunity for donors to give a double red cell blood donation. We are grateful to Nationwide for helping us become even more productive in our efforts to collect lifesaving blood.”
According to the Red Cross, 80 percent of the nation’s blood supply comes from blood donations made at mobile units, including bloodmobiles and organization-sponsored blood drives. Blood donors give approximately 5.1 million units at bloodmobile donation sites annually versus the 1.3 million units at fixed sites.
Since 2007, the Nationwide Insurance Foundation funded six bloodmobiles for the Red Cross in Atlanta, Ga.; Columbus, Ohio; Raleigh, N.C. Charlotte, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn.
Each bloodmobile can collect 10,000 to 12,000 units of blood each year. One unit of blood has the potential to save up to three lives, which means Nationwide is helping the Red Cross save as many as 36,000 lives across the United States each year.
The Red Cross cobranded the bloodmobile to recognize the Nationwide Insurance Foundation for its gift.
“Having the Nationwide Insurance Foundation name on our bloodmobile is a constant reminder of the good work Nationwide is doing in our community and across the country,” says Ryerson. “Not only does the organization fund bloodmobiles, they encourage blood donation by their employees. In fact, there is a Red Cross donation center at the Nationwide headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. It’s these examples that show the company’s dedication to community service and helping to save lives.”
Nationwide’s partnership with the Red Cross started 60 years ago when associates began participating in the blood donation program. In 2010, Nationwide employees donated nearly 17,000 units of blood. Now the partnership includes support of the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and Nationwide leaders who volunteer on Red Cross chapter boards around the country.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.orgfor 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 www.redcross.orgor join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
About the Nationwide Insurance Foundation
The Nationwide Insurance Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies including Nationwide Insurance and Nationwide Financial. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Insurance Foundation has committed more than $250 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where Nationwide associates and their families live and work. Just as Nationwide supports its customers in their moment of need, the company’s involvement in its home communities is focused on supporting organizations that help people facing critical or immediate need.
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