High School Students Donate 23,500 lifesaving units of blood through Bob’s $250,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program
MANCHESTER, Conn. (February 17, 2015) – High school students in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are helping maintain the community blood supply by donating more than 23,500 lifesaving units of blood so far this school year. Students have three more months left in the academic year to make a meaningful difference for hospital patients and aim to win a scholarship from the Bob's Discount Furniture $250,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program. The Bob’s High School Heroes Scholarship Program recognizes students who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donation program in their schools, and helps encourage young people to become involved by helping patients in need.
High school students play an important role in supporting a sufficient blood supply. Blood donations at high school and college blood drives account for up to 20 percent of donations during the school year, which is why scholarship programs like Bob’s High School Heroes are important in ensuring blood is available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed.
Bob’s Discount Furniture has been partnering with the Red Cross for more than 18 years.
“High school students are inspired to roll up their sleeves to help patients, thanks to the Bob’s High School Heroes Scholarship Program,” said Marty Lempres, vice president, American Red Cross East Blood Services Division. “The scholarship program helps the Red Cross make a difference in the lives of patients and empowers high school students to take a leadership role.”
“We’re impressed with how successful high school blood drives are so far and we challenge students to finish strong in hopes of winning a scholarship this school year,” said Bob Kaufman, president emeritus of Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Since this scholarship program launched in 2009, we’ve awarded nearly $650,000 to hundreds of students in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, and we look forward to awarding students again this year.”
Kaufman knows the crucial importance of a sufficient blood supply. Medical crises required two of his family members to receive many blood transfusions. He lost his father Leo Kaufman and his 16-year-old nephew Scott Mulready to leukemia. The Kaufman family is forever thankful for the extra time with them made possible, in part, by blood donors. Through the generosity of Bob, employees, customers and members of the community, Bob’s Discount Furniture blood drives have collected more than 38,000 units of lifesaving blood.
Students who host at least two high school blood drives throughout the year and achieve an annual participation rate of at least 30 percent of age-eligible students at their schools qualify to win a base scholarship of $250. Students who meet those initial requirements are also eligible to win additional scholarships, including up to eight $1,000 grand prize scholarships per winning school, which is determined by totaling the blood units donated from each school. The winners in each state are determined by the number of students who donate and the total units collected. For complete contest rules and to learn how you can get involved, visit http://www.mybobs.com/outreach/highschoolheroes.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture
Bob’s Discount Furniture provides a wide variety of quality furnishings – including living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, office furniture and home accents – at everyday low prices. The stores also offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience featuring cafes in each store with free gourmet coffee, ice cream, cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering the highest-value home furnishings at the lowest possible prices. With 54 stores located throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the Manchester, Conn.-based company has become the 15th-largest U.S. furniture chain. Bob’s is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 15 years. In addition, the Bob’s Outreach program was created as a separate entity to help schools and children-related charities. The company donates more than $2 million to charities through these programs each year. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit www.BobsCares.org, and follow us on Twitter @MyBobs and @MyBobs_Charity and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyBobs. To find out more about Bob’s Discount Furniture, visit www.MyBobs.com.