October 27, 2012

Podcast: Thank you for making Red Cross blood drive a big success

This past summer, an idea was hatched for Nebraska corn and pig farmers to join forces with the American Red Cross to "stalk up the blood supply" by allowing those willing to donate blood to pig out!

In this podcast, Mat Habrock of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, gives a review of the blood donation program, which included food catered by Skeeter Barnes, concert tickets, pork coupons and ethanol gas cards.

In total, 8 blood drives were sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Growers and Nebraska Pork Producers Associations. He said 570 BBQ pork lunches were served and in the process the program collected 452 pints of blood, with 47 people donating for the first time. "And most importantly potentialy1,356 lives were saved," he said.

Although the spsonsored blood drives have ended, the need for blood is still great. Habrock  encourages everyone to consider giving blood. You can make an appointment to give blood in your community by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS

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