Giving Back: County Group Achieves Premier Blood Partner Status for its Work with the Red Cross

Rooks County Health Center Auxiliary (RCHA) has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2019, a prestigious honor, for its support of the community and national blood supply.

Coinciding with this recognition, RCHA will host its first Red Cross blood drive of 2019 on February 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 at the Plainville Knights of Columbus hall. Community members are urged to come out and roll up a sleeve.

Last year, RCHA helped the Red Cross collect 207 blood donations as part of its deep-rooted commitment to help save lives of patients facing illnesses and injuries in this community and across the country.

RCHA blood drive chairperson Elvera Beiker noted the importance of Red Cross blood drives to rural communities saying Well, we’re proud to be a part of the Red Cross mission that helps to make sure lifesaving blood is available for hospital patients who need it.”

Beiker went on to say “The Auxiliary wants to help our neighbors and that’s what we do by supporting the Red Cross and the hospital.  We are grateful for the opportunity to host blood drives that will do just that here in our community.”

Every day, volunteer blood and platelet donors across the country are needed to help save lives. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, as well as those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease, according to the Red Cross.

Elvera and the Auxiliary would like to encourage the community to join them February 12 to give the gift of life. The donation process only takes about an hour and can make an enormous difference for a patient battling illness or injury.

Donors of all blood types are needed. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at the Plainville Knights of Columbus hall on February 12 visit or call 1-800-733-2767.


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