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Red Cross hosts monthly blood drives at Scott

Posted 8/17/2011   Updated 8/17/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Samantha Crane
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs


8/17/2011 - Scott Air Force Base, Ill. -- Team Scott members donated 89 units of blood Aug. 9 potentially saving 267 lives.

"Everyone who gives blood helps save up to three lives," said Stephanie Pitt, Scott AFB Red Cross manager. "As a recipient of two transfusions, I can't stress how important it is for me and my family members. There are so many lives touched by this one simple gift. Thank you for taking that one hour of your life."

Through the coordination of the Red Cross, a tenant unit at Scott, and its volunteers, Scott personnel and their families have the opportunity to donate blood once a month. The next blood drive will be Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rockwell Hall.

To check blood donation eligibility, visit www.americanredcrossblood.org and click on the donation info tab.

In addition to operating the blood drives, the Red Cross office at Scott also handles military emergency leave cases, provides community support, and teaches CPR, first aid and babysitting classes.

As the Red Cross has only a handful of paid staff members, it relies heavily on their volunteer force, currently made up of 185 active volunteers. They work within the legal office, education center, library, and throughout the 375th Medical Group just to name a few.

"The base relies on the volunteers for day-to-day support," said Pitt. "We could not operate without them."

For more information on Red Cross programs or to become a volunteer, call 256-3292.



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