THOMASTON, CT, March 11, 2013 — Ward Leonard CT LLC, held its first American Red Cross blood drive today, collecting a total of thirty pints of blood and giving back to the community.
In the wake of such natural disasters as Hurricane Sandy, the country and region’s supply of blood is low, and is why the American Red Cross continues its efforts to call on all donors, especially local businesses such as Ward Leonard, to contribute to the cause.
March is Red Cross Month, and in keeping with the American Red Cross slogan, “When someone needs lifesaving blood or a helping hand, the American Red Cross is there,” thirty people from Ward Leonard were there today, responding specifically to the American Red Cross of Connecticut. According to their web site, the American Red Cross of Connecticut serves more than 3.5 million Connecticut residents in 168 towns from Hartford, Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham counties, plus Fishers Island, N.Y.
“Ward Leonard has always strived to find ways to give back to our local community,” said Fiona McAllister, a Ward Leonard events committee coordinator. “This year, when the Employee Events Committee met, the decision to have a Blood Drive was easy, especially with the recent natural disasters that effected CT directly. Our initial internal goal was to get at least 15% participation out of 145 employees. Because of our employees we exceeded this initial goal by donating a total of thirty pints for the Red Cross. Based on this, the Events Committee hopes to schedule future annual drives for our employees,” added McAllister.
Rick Crutch, Manufacturing Engineer Manager and first-time blood donor, felt positive about the whole experience. “I hope that it goes to good use,” referring to where his donated blood will end-up and who will be receiving his and others donated blood.
Those in need of blood can include accident victims and people requiring blood transfusions for such things as congenital heart conditions or leukemia, according the American Red Cross of Connecticut.