ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The American Red Cross is seeking volunteer transportation specialists in the St. Louis and southwestern Illinois areas to deliver lifesaving blood products to hospitals. Transportation assignments include delivering blood products to area hospitals for patient use as well as delivering them to the Red Cross office for processing.
Transportation specialists play a very important role in providing ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need. A transportation specialist is a specially selected and trained volunteer who transports blood and blood products. Transporting blood products is among the most important volunteer assignments within the Red Cross.
“We are looking to add to our staff of volunteers to help us deliver these life-saving products,” said Kelly Loepker, Manager, Volunteer Management, Missouri-Illinois Region. “I encourage anyone interested in making a direct impact on people’s lives to contact us.”
Volunteers must meet certain requirements to be eligible for the transportation specialist position, including:
o A valid driver’s license with a minimum of three years driving experience is required. For those with a Missouri license you must have a class “E” license, per state requirement, to transport products or people.
o Volunteers must be at able to verify a safe driving record with state record or insurance.
o Transportation specialists must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 45 pounds for hospital deliveries.
o Volunteers bust be available for two to four shifts per month (flexible schedules available).
If interested please contact Marie Rantz at 314-658-2122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition go to www.redcrossblood.org for more information.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.