Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Kicks off Sixth Annual Puppies for Patients Program

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) today launched its Sixth Annual Puppies for Patients Program that will run through December 31, 2010.

Donors who give blood in the months of November and December will be able to sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals this holiday season. One local children’s hospital alone requires nearly 300 red blood cells and more than 200 platelets each month. CBCC is asking anyone in generally good health, over the age of 16 and who weighs at least 120 pounds to donate blood this holiday season and help save the lives of local patients, many of them children.

“We have touched the lives of more than 6,000 children with stuffed animal puppies over the past five years and are excited about continuing this very special tradition,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. “Not only is this about our community coming together to save local lives, but being able to bring smiles and comfort to children in our local hospitals during the holidays.”

For businesses, churches and organizations interested in hosting a blood drive in November and December, there is still time to sign up with CBCC. Call 704-972-4700 for more details on sponsoring a blood drive or donating blood.

About Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is an independent, locally-managed, non-profit community blood center providing more than 90 percent of the blood supply to the 16 area hospitals that serve 15 North Carolina and three South Carolina counties. The Center’s mission is to be the steward of a community resource – life-saving blood. CBCC is strictly a blood center, completely focused on gathering red blood cells, platelets and plasma from volunteer donors to save local lives. Every drop of blood collected stays here to help people in our community. Our vision is to help build and strengthen the bonds of community.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is a member of America’s Blood Centers, a group of 76 independent blood centers that supplies 50 percent of the country’s blood. It subscribes to a community-based banking philosophy. That means community donors know that the blood they give stays in our community first – helping family members, friends and neighbors. Excess supply is shared with other communities when needed. For more information on blood drives near you, visit www.cbcc.usor call 704-972-4700. You may also donate blood at CBCC, located at 4447 South Boulevard in Charlotte, 1212 Spruce Street in Belmont or at 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe.

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