Red Cross Joins Livermore Chamber of Commerce

January 27, 2011

The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region is pleased to announce it has become a sponsor organization for the Livermore Chamber of Commerce.

The Red Cross has a history of working with many different organizations in Livermore – collecting blood at mobile blood drives in the city for more than 25 years. 

Livermore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Thomas Petty (center) poses with Donor Recruitment Manager Justin Mueller (left) and region CEO Jay Winkenbach. Petty is also a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region.

The Red Cross does not have a building in Livermore; instead, they regularly bring staff and equipment into businesses, schools, churches and community facilities to hold blood drives.  They also bring the Red Cross bloodmobile to collect blood when an indoor location is not available.

“The Red Cross is proud of its long standing relationships with numerous partners in Livermore,” Jay Winkenbach, CEO of the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region said.  “We are joining the Chamber of Commerce because we consider ourselves to be part of the community. We want to actively participate with the Chamber and its members, showing our support for the city in return for the tremendous support we have received from Livermore.”

Organizations in Livermore sponsored 40 blood drives in 2010, providing more than 2,000 units (a unit is about a pint) of blood.  Each unit can be separated into three components – red blood cells, platelets and plasma.  That means more than 6,000 people may have been helped through this life-saving act.

“The Red Cross will be a great partner.” Dale Eldridge Kaye, President and CEO of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce, said. “We share a similar goal – the quest for constant community betterment.”

The Red Cross holds very productive Northern California blood drives at Granada High School, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) and the Livermore Community drive.

In March 2009, 172 units of blood were collected at Granada High School, the largest amount of blood collected at a one day high school blood drive in the region in more than ten years.

In December 2009, the Livermore Community blood drive, organized by local resident and businessman Thomas Petty, in partnership with the Red Cross, reached a major milestone, collecting its 2,000th unit of blood.  Last June, the Red Cross presented Petty with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of his volunteer service.

The next Livermore Community blood drive will be held on February 18 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue.  

The Red Cross estimates that employees at LLNL have donated more than 18,000 units of blood over the last 25 years, potentially helping to save up to 54,000 lives.  It is believed to be the region’s largest corporate blood drive sponsor and the only business to hold four-day blood drives in Northern California with the Red Cross. Fifteen to 25 retired employees also volunteer at these drives – registering donors and serving refreshments.

Blood is often needed for accident victims, cancer patients, newborn babies, or their mothers, burn victims and those receiving an organ transplant.

The Red Cross welcomes calls from local businesses and service organizations who wish to hold a blood drive in the near future.

About the American Red Cross:

The Northern California Blood Services Region of the Red Cross operates five blood donation centers and holds mobile blood drives throughout the Bay Area. The region supplies blood to more than 30 Bay Area hospitals.

About the Livermore Chamber of Commerce:

The Livermore Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to advancing the economic vitality of Livermore, providing high caliber leadership, innovative programs and a strong vision for the future.