Vital Signs February 2009


Did you know that March is Red Cross Month?

Red Cross Racing builds unity among Roseburg blood drive sponsor group



100% Club (Blood drive sponsors who met or exceeded goal)

New Sponsors


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Did you know that March is Red Cross Month?


Throughout March, the American Red Cross recognizes the thousands of people who donate their time, money and blood to help advance the mission of the organization.


As a blood drive coordinator, you can help spread the message about Red Cross Month.  Sometimes blood donors have such a positive experience that they want to find out about other ways they can make a difference.  Here are few suggestions you can pass along.


  • Take a CPR/First Aid class - American Red Cross first aid and CPR programs are designed to give people the confidence they need to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life.


  • Make a monetary donation - The American Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 man-made or natural disasters each year.  This important work is made possible in part by monetary donations that help fund humanitarian work.


  • Volunteer - Volunteers are crucial to the success of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services.  Simply suggest that people call their local Red Cross office for more information about available volunteer positions.


  • Ask a friend to donate – Encouragement may help a friend or family member make an important, lifesaving decision.

NASCAR driver Greg Biffle is also a Red Cross blood donor.

Red Cross Racing builds unity among Roseburg blood drive sponsor group


Last spring Rick Kottke, a local blood drive coordinator in Roseburg, OR, told a few of his work buddies at the Bureau of Land Management about an online competition designed to increase blood donations.   Called Red Cross Racing, the competition was sponsored by the American Red Cross.


At the time, Rick and his co-workers knew very little about car racing, but after years of being loyal blood donors, they surely understood the importance of donating blood.  Having fun and competing for prizes added a little extra excitement.


After registering online, Rick and 34 other individuals made up of foresters, engineers and surveyors created the “Roseburg BLM Brickyard” team. All they had to do was donate blood or platelets, report it on and watch as other teams throughout the country did the same.  By the end of the 2008 competition, the Roseburg BLM finished eighth among a field of more than 1,000 teams.  In the course of a year, 16 people on the team donated whole blood five times and seven others donated at least four times.


“The competition and prizes people could earn for donating blood through Red Cross Racing gave us a little extra incentive to donate regularly,” said Kottke. 


As a blood drive coordinator since 1993, Rick has helped organize many successful blood drives at the BLM. The company now holds blood drives on a monthly basis.


“When people ask what I do as a Red Cross sponsor, I just tell them I send out an e-mail a few days before every blood drive.  It’s our generous donors who fill up the sign-up sheets,” said Kottke.  “If a drive is full, there will be another opportunity next month or the month after that so people can decide what works best for them.”


If you would like to learn more about how your group, church or organization can create a Red Cross Racing team, visit around May 2009 when the new racing competition is scheduled to begin.







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