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Red Cross to celebrate lifesaving partnership with the Greenfield Community

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:25 a.m. CDT

GREENFIELD — The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

It is because of the commitment of people like those in Greenfield that the Red Cross can fulfill its mission. During the June 26 community blood drive, the Red Cross is celebrating its lifesaving partnership with the Greenfield community.

We Applaud You, Greenfield! blood drive will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 at the Catholic Church fellowship hall, 303 N. Elm, Greenfield. To make an appointment, call Carol at 641-743-2948.

All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross water bottle and are invited to a cake reception.

The longstanding partnership between the Red Cross and Greenfield benefits both hospital patients and the community. In the past 10 years alone, 3,760 pints of blood were collected during Greenfield community and Nodaway Valley High School blood drives. Because a single pint may help as many as three patients, these Greenfield blood donors may have helped more than 11,000 patients. Since 2008, because of the success of Nodaway Valley High School’s blood drives, the school has earned $10,000 in Red Cross scholarships to help graduating students pursue higher education.

Additionally, the Red Cross assists the community and greater Iowa with its humanitarian services including disaster response; preparedness, health and safety training; and support to members of the military and their families.

All eligible donors are encouraged to roll up a sleeve June 26 to help maintain the summer blood supply and prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

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