CHICAGO, Ill (March 15, 2019) — As part of their Paper with Purpose® promise, Boise Paper is committed to making a difference in the communities their customers and employees call home. In 2019, they are demonstrating that commitment through their ongoing support of the American Red Cross. This year, Boise Paper’s donation of office papers will help offset administrative costs of the Red Cross Biomedical Services division, ensuring more dollars go directly to critical blood collection and distribution efforts.
“Over the past four years, we’ve been proud to sponsor the disaster response services of the American Red Cross,” says Paul LeBlanc, VP of Paper at Packaging Corporation of America. “We know that our unique partnership directly benefited thousands of families affected by hurricanes, flooding, and fires. When we learned how these disasters were affecting the national blood supply, we knew our paper donation could make a difference there as well.”
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs lifesaving blood. The Red Cross helps meet this constant demand by providing about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. It does this work through the support of generous blood donors, blood drive hosts, and partnerships like the one it has with Boise Paper. Collectively, these partnerships are the driving factor behind the Red Cross’ ability to supply 2,500 hospitals across the country with blood products every day.
“We are grateful for Boise Paper’s support of the Red Cross that will help us dedicate more resources to ensure patients have access to the blood products they need, whenever and wherever,” said Chris Hrouda, president, American Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Blood is needed every day to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others.”
In acknowledgment of the need for blood, and of their ongoing support, Packaging Corporation of America (Boise Paper’s parent company) will be holding a blood drive for employees at their corporate headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois.
“This will be our second annual drive,” said Chris Changnon, Executive Director of Corporate HR. “And I am so grateful to the community minded volunteers who are willing to plan and organize the event. With their help we’re hoping to double the amount we collected last year!”
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 Boise Paper:
Boise Paper is a division of Packaging Corporation of America, headquartered in Lake Forest, IL. They manufacture a full line of office papers including copy, multipurpose, inkjet, laser, and colors, as well as printing and converting papers. They also offer recycled content options across all product lines. Their high quality products provide consistent, reliable results and are proudly made in the USA. Through their Quality You Can Trust promise, Boise Paper is committed to meeting the highest standards for product performance, customer collaboration, and supply chain excellence. Keep current with news and events at www.BoisePaper.com.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.