Friday, November 4, 2011

CBCC to Warm Up Holidays for Area Pediatric Patients with Stuffed Animal Puppies

Pediatric patients in area hospitals and care facilities will be the
recipients of plush stuffed animals in the Community Blood Center of
the Carolinas (CBCC) Seventh Annual 'Puppies for Patients' program
which runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2011.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is kicking off the 2011
holiday season with its annual 'Puppies for Patients' program whereby
donors who give blood in 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.

"Together with our donors, supporters and community partners over the
past six years, we have reached thousands of children being treated in
area hospitals with stuffed animal puppies," said Martin Grable,
president and CEO of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. "This
program has become a meaningful tradition among our supporters as we
team up to collect blood to save local lives while giving children
comfort and a little cheer during their hospital stay this holiday

As the primary blood supplier to 21 hospitals in the region, CBCC
relies on volunteer blood donors and local organizations to help
fulfill the need for blood for local patients. In fact, 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.

Businesses, churches and organizations interested in hosting a blood
drive in November and December, can call Kim Jones 704-972-4727.
Individuals interested in donating blood can do so at a community
blood drive. There are also CBCC donor centers located at: 4447 South
Boulevard in Charlotte; 363 Church Street North Suite 170 in Concord;
2524 East Franklin Blvd Suite E in Gastonia; and 600 Hospital Drive in

About Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is a non-profit
community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to 21
regional hospitals, serving patients who live in 16 North Carolina and
three South Carolina counties. The mission of CBCC is to be the
steward of a community resource – life-saving blood and the vision is
to help build and strengthen the bonds of community. 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 the Carolinas.
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is a member of America's
Blood Centers, North America's largest network of community-based,
independent blood centers providing more than 50% of the nation's
blood supply. For more information, visit

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