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Press Release
May 31, 2007
Oregon National Guard enters partnership with the American Red Cross
The Oregon National Guard has recently entered into a partnership with the American Red Cross to encourage residents to help save lives by donating blood. Since September 11, 2001, and during the latest conflict in the Middle East the Red Cross has provided comfort items in-theatre as well as emergency communications, financial assistance and counseling to thousands of service members and their families at home and abroad, many of them here in Oregon.

"It's our privilege to embark in this partnership with the American Red Cross who has a long history of serving citizens in need," said Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department. "The men and women of the National Guard know first hand the importance of giving blood, and its potential of saving lives."

As we approach the summer months, busy schedules can be a factor in causing the blood supply to dip to dangerously low levels, making donating this time of year all the more important.

"We have a mutual responsibility to help prepare and protect our country and communities in time of disaster - giving blood is about preparedness: ensuring we have enough blood on the shelf at all times," said Eric Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross-Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services.

Oregon National Guard soldiers recently participated in a blood drive at Joint Force Headquarters in Salem, Oregon. More blood drives will be taking place this summer at many of our Oregon National Guard facilities across the state. For more information on becoming a voluntary donor at one of these drives, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
Contact Info:
Kay Fristad,
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs
Clare Matthias
American Red Cross Spokesperson