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Red Cross seeks volunteer transportation specialists to deliver lifesaving blood products

4/11/2016, 11 a.m.
Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. As the single largest supplier of blood ...

Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. As the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals in the U.S., the American Red Cross is seeking volunteer transportation specialists to help deliver lifesaving blood products to Central Maryland hospitals for patients in need.

Transportation specialists help to ensure that blood products are available when and where they are needed for patients with serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood or platelets. The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region provides blood deliveries to over 60 hospitals and transfusion centers throughout the region.

“Transporting blood products is an integral part of fulfilling the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross,” said Terry Karloff, volunteer manager for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. “If driving and providing exemplary customer service is something you enjoy, we want to hear from you.”

Volunteer shifts will originate at the Red Cross headquarters facility located at 4700 Mount Hope Drive in west Baltimore and include travel around the region. Training and use of Red Cross vehicles will be provided.

Volunteers must meet the following minimum requirements:

Have a valid driver’s license with a minimum of three years driving experience

·Be able to verify a safe driving record with insurance

Be able to lift boxes of lifesaving blood products of up to 45 pounds for hospital deliveries

·Be available to volunteer for two to four shifts per month (flexible schedules available)

To learn more, contact Joe Miletti at 410-624-2023 or email at Joe.Miletti@redcross.org. To begin the application process online, visit: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=intake&entry_point_id=4924&unit_id=185.