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American Red Cross Honors Blood Collection Professionals During Blood Collectors Week 2007
Date:9/17/2007

d trauma victims. Volunteer blood donors are the primary source of blood used for transfusions, and the American Red Cross supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood supply to those patients in need.

Community members are encouraged to show their support for this profession by making a blood donation to help the Red Cross meet local blood supply needs. To schedule your donation, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit http://www.givelife.org.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.


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