"Girls Save Lives" Blood Drives - Better Than Girl Scout Cookies

March 29, 2012

Girl Scouts and Miss Oregon Unite for Red Cross Blood Drives Throughout Pacific Northwest

The American Red Cross, Miss Oregon Caroline McGowan and the Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington Council, Inc. are teaming up for the “Girls Save Lives” Blood Drives throughout Oregon and Washington. The blood drives will be held at multiple locations and dates, including:

Sisters, OR
Monday, April 2
Portland, OR
Saturday, April 14
Prineville, OR
Wednesday April 4 or Wednesday April 18
Madras, OR
Wednesday, April 18
Salem, OR
Saturday, April 7
Vancouver, OR
Saturday, May 5
Bend, OR
Monday, April 9 or Tuesday, April 10
La Pine, OR
Monday, May 21

Girl Scouts who participate in one of the blood drives can earn a special patch and help save a life by bringing an adult who is eligible to donate blood and has scheduled an appointment. Girl Scouts and their presenting donors will also receive Pizza Hut discount coupons.

As Miss Oregon 2011, Caroline McGowan is the official hostess for the state. She is volunteering her time at the Salem blood drive to inspire the young girls, speak about the need for blood donors and provide photo opportunities for those in attendance. McGowan began her path to pageantry in the Miss Linn-Benton competition and was crowned Miss Oregon on July 2, 2011 in Seaside, Oregon. Just two days later, McGowan “hit the ground running” with her first official appearance at a 4th of July Blood Drive in Portland. McGowan has generously volunteered time and time again for Red Cross events since she was crowned.

For those interested in the blood drive events, here’s how it works:

1. Call 1-800-RED CROSS to register your donors for blood drive closest to you. Be sure to identify that you are attending the Girls Save Lives blood drive and state the location.

2. Girl Scouts bring their donors to the drive at their scheduled donation time.

3. Girl Scouts can participate in fun activities and learn about blood donation. They will receive their patch when their donor presents to donate.

Other entertainment for Girl Scouts while their adults donate includes coloring, word games as well as educational information on Red Cross youth classes.

Donor eligibility involves minimum age, weight and health requirements. Donors must present a donor card, driver's license or two other forms of ID prior to donation. Individuals unable to donate blood can still make a contribution by sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive or volunteering with a local Red Cross Blood Services Region, making a financial contribution, or by learning more about the American Red Cross Humanitarian Services.

Our First-Time Donor section includes information about what to expect when giving blood, tips for a successful donation, and an explanation of what happens to your donated blood.



About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org

About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Our council serves 18, 791 girls in 37 counties with the help of over 11,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. Our success is demonstrated by the fact that Girl Scout alumnae make up 80 percent of female executives and business owners, and two-thirds of women serving in the U.S. Congress. Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org

About The Miss Oregon Organization

The Miss Oregon Organization is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization that prides itself on empowering Oregon’s women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent, and intelligence. In the last 20 years, we have offered over $1,500.000 in cash and in-kind tuition scholarships to the young ladies participating as contestants in this incredible program. The Miss Oregon Organization is an official Miss America State Organization. The winner of the Miss Oregon Competition goes on to compete at the national level - Miss America Pageant. For more information about The Miss Oregon Organization, go to missoregon.org