Fuel Your Community campaign helps get thousands of platelet donations

The first nationwide partnership and Fuel Your Community campaign between the American Red Cross and energy provider Suburban Propane in October helped collect thousands of lifesaving blood and platelet donations for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusions centers served by the Red Cross.

Hundreds of Suburban Propane employees rolled up their sleeves to give blood and volunteer at 64 Red Cross blood drives across the country — including in Connecticut — during the October campaign, resulting in more than 1,500 blood donations at those drives, and nearly 600 first-time donors.

With each blood donation potentially helping up to three people, as many as 4,500 lives could be impacted.

Suburban Propane has locations throughout the country, including Waterbury and Greenwich. To learn more about blood donation or find a blood donation opportunity, download the Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS.