Ben Corey American Red Cross External Communications Manager:
Last month the American Red Cross kicked off a new campaign to start the summer. “100 Days of Summer; 100 Days of Hope” is a campaign urging people to give blood and platelets this summer. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, all the more reason the American Red Cross wants you to schedule a time to donate before summer camps and family vacations fill up your summer days.
The new campaign is hoping to increase the donations of blood during the summer season, which is a time donations can usually decline. Donors are encouraged to participate in the campaign by making and keeping appointments to give and by asking family and friends to join them in their effort to help save lives. The Red Cross needs to collect 15,000 blood donations every day even during the summer to have enough blood to help the patients in hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. People can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make a donation appointment.
Click on the audio file above to listen to an interview with Red Cross’ Ben Corey.