Texas Instruments teams up with Red Cross for lifesaving donations

March 22, 2012

Engineers and staff roll up their sleeves to give blood

Hector Rivera, TI engineer, donates blood at the first TI-sponsored Red Cross blood drive.

Dallas - For two weeks, Texas Instruments (TI) personnel utilized conference rooms and parking spaces for a different purpose — to help save lives. Conference tables and phones were replaced with donor chairs and health histories while parking spots were reserved for the American Red Cross blood mobile. Through a series of blood drives on various parts of the TI campus, employees rolled up their sleeves and donated lifesaving blood for up to 369 patients.

“TI is committed to helping the community, whether it is through financial donations, volunteering or hosting a blood drive,” said Blair Quigg, TI wellness program manager. “As an international organization located in the Dallas metroplex, it was a natural step for TI to team up with the Red Cross for an opportunity to help make the community healthier by hosting a blood drive and encouraging TI personnel to donate blood for patients in need.” 

Although this is the first blood drive TI has hosted with the Red Cross, TI has a strong financial donation history with the Red Cross of more than a million dollars, of which a majority is raised through employee challenges and matching. Additionally, TI donated $100,000 to support Haiti and is a current Ready When the Time Comes partner with Red Cross disaster services.

“We are thankful for their partnership and support in hosting blood drives to help patients in need.” said Steve Nagle, Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region CEO.  “The end result of collecting enough blood to help up to 369 patients is amazing, and we couldn’t have done it without TI.”

The Red Cross urges those who are healthy to donate blood or platelets to help revive the nation’s blood supply. Because someone needs blood every two seconds, patients depend on consistent voluntary donations. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossbloood.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive.

How to donate blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

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.