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Enstrom makes vital contribution to patient care through blood drive

Blood drive

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation hosted a blood drive on November 6 for the American Red Cross. 32 people signed up to donate, donating a total of 23 units of blood. Six participants were first-time blood donors. Red Cross representatives said that a typical company-sponsored blood drive often sees only 10% participation. Enstrom saw 23% participation.

“We really knocked it out of the park,” said Enstrom President Todd Tetzlaff. “Giving blood is a selfless act, and we’re proud to foster a work culture at Enstrom that prioritizes the act of giving back. The hour it takes to give the gift of life can meet a serious medical need.”

Every day, patients throughout Menominee and across the country rely on volunteer blood donors when receiving medical care. Cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients can all benefit from blood donations.

“Corporate sponsorship of these blood drives means the world to us,” said Chris Luxton, a Donor Recruiter for the American Red Cross. “Thank you, Enstrom Helicopter, for helping us in our mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Our team mentioned that they could feel the excitement of the day. Employees were eager to make a difference!”

To make an appointment to donate or to learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also download the official American Red Cross Blood Donor App or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. It’s recommended you complete a RapidPass online health history questionnaire to ensure you are eligible to donate and to speed up the donation process. Individuals who are 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health are typically able to donate.

After this month’s successful blood drive, Enstrom has arranged to host blood drives every May and November.

About Enstrom Helicopter

From Rudy Enstrom’s early designs in 1943 to initial testing in a Michigan Quarry in 1957 to aircraft operating on six continents, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has maintained a reputation for safety, value and performance. Based in Menominee, Michigan and proudly made in the United States, Enstrom has a rich history for design innovation. The goal is to provide helicopters to the customer’s exact specification and deliver support and maintenance worldwide.