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VSECU Hosts Second Series of Blood Drives in 2015


Five November blood drives have the potential to save up to 285 lives__

MONTPELIER, VT — For the second time this year, VSECU is hosting five blood drives at branch locations around the state. The first round of blood drives, held in June at five VSECU branch locations, brought in 63 units of blood for the American Red Cross. Every unit has the potential to save three lives, meaning the June drives collected enough blood to save as many as 189 lives. VSECU hopes to collect 95 units during the November drives, which could potentially save up to 285 lives.

“VSECU is always looking for ways to bring the community together and make a difference,” said Robert Miller, Chief Executive Officer for VSECU. “Blood drives offer a simple way for people to make an incredible impact on their community with a lifesaving blood donation, and we hope to see a significant number of donations this November.”

VSECU’s blood drive program was initiated by Abbi Kiley, VSECU’s Burlington branch manager and a member of the American Red Cross NH-VT Board of Directors. Kiley brought the idea to VSECU in 2014 and worked with the credit union’s Williston Branch Manager Cheryl Pickreign to host a blood drive at the Williston branch.

“I feel very strongly that all of my work, paid or unpaid, should make a positive impact. This is one of the many reasons why I work for VSECU. Not only do I feel like the work I do on a day-to-day basis helps to improve the lives of our members, but I’m fortunate enough to work for an employer who actively encourages its staff to engage with and support the community,” said Kiley. “With the success of the first blood drive we decided to expand our impact, and VSECU jumped in with more resources to expand the program across Vermont.”

The blood drives will be held in American Red Cross blood mobiles at VSECU branch locations across Vermont. The blood mobiles are equipped with all of the necessary equipment and supplies for sterile blood collection. Those interested in donating blood can make reservations with the American Red Cross or stop in at the times and locations listed below.

November blood drives will be held at the following dates/locations between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.:

November 2: VSECU – Berlin at 365 Paine Turnpike North
November 4: VSECU – Rutland at 72 Seward Road
November 6: VSECU – Bennington at 194 North Street
November 18: VSECU – Williston at 1755 Essex Road
November 23: VSECU – St. Johnsbury at 1036 Memorial Drive