Employees at National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) have been answering the call to give a blood donation for over 20 years. Each year NGL hosts two blood drives to benefit American Red Cross. More than 904 units have been donated since 2005 according to American Red Cross records. That equates to as many as 2,712 lives saved!
Mindy Scheiner, Project Manager at NGL has coordinated the NGL employee blood drives for 11 years. “It’s an honor to coordinate NGL’s blood drives. I am motivated and inspired to know that many lives are saved through the donations. In fact, last week’s blood drive at NGL will save 147 lives!”
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, someone like Angelita Alvarado, Contracting Supervisor at NGL. She has received donated blood thanks to the Red Cross, “I received my first of several blood transfusions in 2007. My hemoglobin levels were at 6.1 – that’s half of what the normal range is for a woman. I received four pints of blood during that first transfusion. I was so scared when they told me I was low on blood. After the transfusion, I felt like a brand new person thanks to the people who donated blood. Their donation was truly a lifesaver.”
Summer can be among the most challenging time of the year for blood and platelet donations as donors delay giving while they take vacation and participate in summer activities. Currently, the American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency need for blood and platelet donors.
“Blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than the donations are coming in. The American Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply on hand at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that would require significant volumes of donated blood products,” said Michelle Meekma-Yaun, Donor Recruitment Account Manager at American Red Cross Blood Services.
NGL employees are proud to give back and save lives because they know they could be saving the life of a coworker someday. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who donates. You are a savior to me, as well as many others in our area,” shared Angelita.
About American Red Cross
Through a strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Learn more at: redcrossblood.org or facebook.com/RedCrossBlood.
Since 1910, National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) has been a mutual insurance company located in Madison, Wis. Licensed to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia, NGL markets preneed and individual life and annuities, as well as group market specialty insurance products. Additional information about NGL can be found at www.nglic.com; Facebook: Facebook.com/NGLIC and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/national-guardian-life-insurance-company/
National Guardian Life Insurance Company is not affiliated with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America a/k/a The Guardian or Guardian Life.