July 3, 2012

LDS Church and Red Cross Renew Partnership

A recent article explains the renewed partnership the Red Cross and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have. The Church will increase its participation by hosting more blood drives in meetinghouses (churches) and other church facilities. 

Gail McGovern, American Red Cross president and CEO said, "Here in the Utah region, Latter-day Saints donate 50,000 units of blood annually in Church-hosted blood drives." She went on to explain that the Red Cross ships six to ten million units of blood per year to hospitals. In the Utah region, the Church’s effort of sponsoring blood drives accounts for 25 percent of all the blood donated.

“I would like the public to know,” said McGovern, that “the Red Cross is more prepared than ever when disaster strikes because of the relationship we have with the LDS Church.”

Watch this video for more of the story.

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