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National Agents Alliance partnering with American Red Cross to hold blood drive

BURLINGTON, N.C. – National Agents Alliance is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on March 15 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in an effort to help saves lives in North Carolina and beyond.

The blood drive will be held in the Alliance Convention Center at 1214 Turrentine St. in Burlington, N.C. Interested donors can schedule a donation time by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org using the keyword: NAA, or by contacting Amelia Harrell at 336-227-3319, ext. 1138 or via email aharrell@naaleads.com.

To save time donating, donors can visit www.RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass from a computer on March 15 to view the preread materials and answer prescreen questions. You can print your RapidPass and bring it with you to donate or email the PDF to your smartphone.

The Red Cross collects approximately 5.3 million units of blood from roughly 3.1 million donors nationwide, and distributes over 7.7 million blood products for transfusion annually.

NAA President and CEO Andy Albright said the work the Red Cross does makes a difference to countless people.

“When you think about the number of lives the blood they collect impacts annually, it is pretty amazing,” Albright said. “We’re happy to host this blood drive at our headquarters, and we know the blood donated will make a difference in the lives of people we’ve never even met. That’s powerful, and donating blood is a simple act of kindness that will help people all over the United States.”

American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation’s health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood. It has been among the first to help develop and implement testing for infectious diseases and is frequently the single major contributor to clinical trials to improve blood safety. Providing life-saving blood and blood products to patients is a key component of the Red Cross mission to help people in times of emergency and disasters.

In addition to being the single largest supplier of blood in the U.S., the Red Cross is a leader in research and testing to protect the safety of the blood supply. The Red Cross was among the first to develop and implement testing for many infectious diseases including, HIV, hepatitis B and C viruses, West Nile virus, and more recently the agent of Chagas disease. The Red Cross also operates the first-of-its-kind nationwide hemovigilance program to examine donor and patient adverse reactions. Data from the program is used to enhance blood product quality and safety. Red Cross experts play an important role in policies and standards for the industry. By serving on key committees of AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) and other blood-related organizations – and working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – the Red Cross provides valuable data and expertise that influences the direction of the blood banking industry.

The Red Cross is constantly working to increase the availability of blood and blood products. This includes educating potential donors about healthy habits that will reduce deferrals such as for low iron, improving the yield from platelet donors and using containers that extend the time that blood can be safely shipped. Increasing diverse blood donor recruitment is critical to the future of our Nation’s blood supply. The Red Cross is implementing initiatives throughout the country to increase the number of blood donors in diverse communities and raise awareness of the need to give blood. The Red Cross also works to find rare blood donors to meet the specialized needs of patients all over the country. Through its 39 Immunohematology Reference Laboratories, offering support to hospitals across the country, and its collaboration with AABB on the American Rare Donor Program, the Red Cross helps ensure that patients will get the blood they need at any time of the day or night.

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