American Red Cross Donates Dolls to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

December 1, 2011

Lalaloopsy Dolls Donated to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Toys Given on Behalf of Platelet Apheresis Donors



(Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 1, 2011)


The American Red Cross is thankful for the generosity of our blood donors.  Good health and the ability to donate lifesaving blood is something to celebrate this holiday season.


Good health is something the patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt strive for every day.  Blood donors may not think about their gift of life helping a child in need.  But blood transfusions are used for trauma victims—due to accidents and burns—newborns and premature babies, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases.


In fact, blood platelets are used primarily for cancer and leukemia patients.  As a thank you to the dedicated Red Cross platelet apheresis donors, the Red Cross is donating Lalaloopsy dolls to Children’s Hospital. 


Lalaloopsy is a business which sells dolls that magically come to life when their very last stitch was sewn.  Each doll has its own charming personality inspired by the fabric used to make it. 


The donated doll, called Rosy Bumps ‘N” Bruises, is set to be released later this year.  She was sewn from bits of a nurse’s uniform, is super-careful and always puts safety first.  She loves orange juice and putting on bandages, whether they’re needed or not.  She also has a pet bear.  Rosy Bumps ‘N” Bruises was sewn on May 12, which is International Nurses Day.


“The Red Cross is grateful to be able to donate these dolls to the young patients at Children’s Hospital on behalf of our platelet apheresis donors.  Our platelet apheresis donors are a dedicated group.  It takes at least two hours to donate platelets, and donors can give them up to 24 times a year.  We appreciate their service to the Red Cross and our hospitals,” said Tim Ryerson, CEO, Tennessee Valley Blood Region. 


The Tennessee Valley Blood Region apheresis department is delivering the Lalaloopsy dolls and cards signed by apheresis donors to Children’s Hospital on Monday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. 


Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is located at 2200 Children’s Way.  Media parking for this event is available in the South Garage, located adjacent to the hospital on Children’s Way.  Members of the news media should come to Children’s Hospital second-floor information desk for an escort to the event.


How to Donate Blood:

Log on to or call 1-800-REDCROSS for more information or to schedule a blood donation 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 younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at