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CBS News Helps Red Cross Transport Blood into Haiti
Date:1/16/2010

facility in Dedham to an airport in New Jersey and loaded onto the CBS flight.

The CBS crew and their precious Red Cross cargo arrived in Santo Domingo Wednesday, where the network folks then chartered another plane to take them to Port au Prince on Thursday.  They agreed to carry the blood on the second flight and delivered it to waiting United Nations personnel upon arrival.  The blood was then delivered to the hospital where staff started using it almost immediately.

"Patients at the UN Mission Hospital needed this blood," said Dr. Richard Benjamin, Chief Medical Officer. "With the chaos and devastation we've seen in Haiti, we know the delivery of this blood by CBS News was truly a lifesaving gift. On behalf of the Red Cross and the patients who needed this blood, we thank you."

The American Red Cross is meeting the needs of this tragedy through current supplies.  At this time we do not anticipate the need for a special donor appeal to support our efforts.  As always, blood donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

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 '/>"/>

SOURCE American Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Region
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