Corrections facilities team for summer challenge

September 29, 2009
Corrections facilities across the state of Ohio are teaming up to fight summer blood shortages in a friendly competition to see which site can bring in the most blood donations. This competition, The Ohio Corrections Blood Drive Challenge, is a state-wide summer blood donor partnership with the American Red Cross blood program from July 1 through Sept. 30.  
This summer-long and state-wide competition involves any corrections facility or APA (Adult Parole Authority) office in the state of Ohio that hosts a blood drive to contribute to the overall blood collection goal for the challenge.
Corrections professionals have a strong sense of duty, honor, and patriotism and are often looking for additional ways to help their community. This program provides an opportunity for corrections professionals to make a positive impact during the critical summer trauma season, and allows flexibility for each site to choose a date that works into their schedule. In some cases, facilities may have the availability to host more than one drive. 
The competition will take place between the “North vs. South,” meaning all the facilities and offices in the North will work together to donate blood, and all the facilities in the South will do the same. The region that donates the most blood will be declared the winner. In addition, the facility or office in each of the two regions that has the highest percent of employee participation will be winners as well. Plus everyone who comes to give will receive a special Corrections Challenge T-shirt featuring the theme, “Summertime: It’s all fun and games until someone needs blood.”