The American Red Cross depends on the generosity of healthy, volunteer blood and platelet donors, volunteers and corporate partners like Suburban Propane to fulfill our mission to help patients in need. It is the blood on the shelves today that helps to save lives tomorrow.
Our lives changed forever after the April 2013 terrorist attack in Boston, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three people, including a young child, and injuring hundreds more. Many of those injured needed blood to survive. The Red Cross sent over 600 units of lifesaving blood to area hospitals for patients in need.
Days later Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Officer Richard “Dic” Donohue was shot in the line of duty trying to apprehend those responsible for the bombings. He needed 46 units of blood to survive. Today, Dic has recovered, become a blood donor and is celebrating the birth of his second child.
I hope that you will consider giving blood this summer to ensure we are prepared to serve the needs of patients at hospitals across the country. A safe and sufficient blood supply is a community responsibility, and we thank you for your ongoing support.
Your organization is one of our most important corporate partners, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contributions and continued support. We are very excited to expand the ways you can get involved by supporting our Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces, and Preparedness, Health and Safety Services. We are thrilled to include you as members of our Red Cross family and proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you to meet the needs of those we serve!
With deep gratitude,