BURLINGTON, N.C. – National Agents Alliance hosted a blood drive for the Alamance County Chapter of the American Red Cross on March 6, where 25 units of blood were donated, according to Andrea Sjogren, a donor recruitment representative with the American Red Cross.
Sjogren, who schedules all blood drives in Alamance County, said she schedules 150 to 200 drives annually. This was the third straight year that National Agents Alliance has held a drive at its headquarters.
Sjogren said natural disasters, like the tornadoes that hit North Carolina earlier this month, make every unit donated even more important to the Red Cross. She said National Agents Alliance’s blood drive was successful and added that each unit could help up to three people.
“It’s the easiest way to give back,” Sjogren said. “Not everybody is eligible to donate, but those that are can do it to help the community and it only takes an hour of their time and it helps save lives. It’s a way to impact lives and be a hero of somebody you’ve never even met.”
National Agents Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Albright said hosting the event was just a small way to give back to the community and to help others.
“We talk a lot at our company about making a difference to others,” Albright said. “I can’t think of an easier way to do that. Our people embraced the event, donated and there’s no doubt some of those units will help save lives. I’m proud of our team and I hope we continue doing little things that truly make a difference for others.”
The Burlington Chapter of the American Red Cross received its charter on May 21, 1917. In 1922, the Mebane and Burlington Chapters merged to form the Alamance County Chapter. On November 1, 1993, the chapter merged with the Caswell County Chapter and changed its name to the Piedmont Carolina Chapter.
The chapter’s operations are managed in a house in the historic district of downtown Burlington. The chapter operates programs in Emergency Services, Blood Services, and Health & Safety. It has a staff of three full-time employees, three part-time employees, a Board of Directors and more than 80 active volunteers.
Sjogren said working with National Agents Alliance to collect units of blood has been a great partnership. She added that every single unit collected makes a difference to somebody.
“Absolutely,” Sjogren said. “Anytime we can work together and collect blood, it’s a great opportunity for us. We can always build on this effort for future drives and I look forward to doing that.”
NAA employees donating blood were: Abigail Baumann, Keith Hall, Wendy Brunick, Preston Sockwell, Donna Pettigrew, Jessica Burgess, Lauren Anthony, Linda Trail, Jannett Castillo, Dawn Lee, Jackie Herbin, Justin Graves and Kathy Hearn. The remaining units collected were donated by area residents.
For more information on how you can help the Alamance County Chapter of the American Red Cross, please visit www.piedmontredcross.org.
ABOUT AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
ABOUT NATIONAL AGENTS ALLIANCE
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