Rockville Bank executives and staff rolled up their sleeves at a community blood drive that they hosted at their 1645 Ellington Road branch in South Windsor, Conn. The Bank responded to the American Red Cross’ critical need for all types of blood, especially O negative. The public and Bank employees donated blood throughout the day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, the Rockville Bank Foundation donated $500 to the American Red Cross for the Bank staff to have a dress down day on the following day as a thank you for donating blood.
The American Red Cross says that summer is a challenging time to collect blood because of hot weather, school vacations and holiday travel. While demand for blood products remains steady, donations to the Red Cross this summer are the lowest ever seen in a decade. The Red Cross has responded to more than 40 major disasters in more than 30 states over the past three months alone – delivering help and hope to people affected by floods, tornadoes and wildfires.
In Connecticut, the Red Cross needs to collect 650 plus units of blood each day to meet the needs of Connecticut’s hospitals. Each donation can be used to save up to three lives. Blood donations are used to treat accident victims, cancer patients and burn victims.
To make an appointment to give blood at this or any drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS
Pictured during the blood drive at Rockville Bank are (left to right):
- Scott C. Bechtle, Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer of Rockville Bank;
- William (Bill) H. W. Crawford, IV, President & Chief Executive Officer of Rockville Bank;
- Richard J. Trachimowicz, Executive Vice President, Head of Human Capital and Organizational Development of Rockville Bank; and
- Paul T. Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer -Connecticut Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.