The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation Award to Help Drive Memorial Blood Centers' Mission in the Community

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A leader in the Twin Cities philanthropic community, the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation is continuing its legacy of support for Memorial Blood Centers (MBC), recently awarding Minnesota's oldest and largest nonprofit community blood center with a $50,000 grant that will contribute to the purchase of a new bloodmobile. Scheduled for delivery late-summer 2012, the 40-foot-long bloodmobile will add to MBC's existing fleet and provide the organization the opportunity to expand its reach and impact in the community, ultimately saving more lives.

"Every week, our 30+ area hospitals rely on Memorial Blood Centers to provide over 2,000 units of blood to help save the lives of those in need," Ken Kieffer, Vice President, Collections, Recruitment, and Production Planning said. "And over half of the life-saving blood we collect comes from mobile drives where we bring our bloodmobiles to local businesses, civic organizations, places of worship, schools, and other groups. In fact, we offer blood donation opportunities to the community at more than 2,100 blood drives each year. That's why this generous gift from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation is so crucial."

Designed to increase the efficiency of mobile blood collections and enhance the experience for donors, MBC's new bloodmobile will be a full-service blood-collection facility, meeting all FDA requirements including all necessary temperature controls and refrigerated storage. Its five donor beds and three interview rooms (replacing an older bloodmobile with just four beds and two interview rooms) will allow MBC to serve more donors and therefore help more patients in our community.

"We expect to be able to serve up to four more donors per hour with this new state-of-the-art bloodmobile," Kieffer added.  "Over the course of a six-hour drive, that's a total of 24 additional donors. And all those extra donors add up. During the bloodmobile's first year of operation, we'll be able to collect approximately 8,000 units of blood. When you consider that one unit of donated whole blood can potentially impact up to three people, as many as 24,000 of our friends, neighbors, or family could benefit from blood collected on this new bloodmobile alone."

About The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation

The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation has been a generous supporter of Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) since 2008, awarding MBC $50,000 in grants in each of the past four years. The Foundation has helped fund the building of a new donor center in Woodbury; the launch of Apheresis Angels, a unique platelet donor recruitment and recognition program; and the purchase of a new bloodmobile previously put into operation in 2009 to service volunteer donors and co-sponsoring organizations throughout the 11-county Metro area and bordering counties in Wisconsin.

About Memorial Blood Centers

Memorial Blood Centers has been saving lives for over 60 years as an independent nonprofit supplying life-saving blood to area hospitals and other partners throughout the U.S. Operating 11 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, Memorial Blood Centers also provides comprehensive testing and expert technical services as a national leader in transfusion medicine.

All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give generously. To make an appointment, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD or register online at www.MBC.org.

SOURCE Memorial Blood Centers

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