The Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross received two brand-new Dodge ProMaster 3000s. Jim Hudson Automotive Group donated the transport lifesaving blood vehicles, which will help support the organization's lifesaving blood and humanitarian services mission. The new vehicles are the latest additions to the current fleet that Jim Hudson Automotive Group has already donated, which are a bloodmobile and an energy-efficient emergency response vehicle.
A ribbon cutting was held Friday morning at the American Red Cross Central Chapter Office located at 2751 Bull St in downtown Columbia. Special remarks were made by American Red Cross of South Carolina, Chief Executive Officer Rod Tolbert, American Red Cross of South Carolina, Executive Director Rebecca Jordan, and blood recipient Kara Byrd.
Keith Hudson, president, and owner of Jim Hudson Automotive Group, attended and said the company is glad to partner with the American Red Cross. He also emphasized the importance of giving back.
"It's not about equal giving; it's about equal sacrifice, and that's the beauty of the American Red Cross; we all have blood; we can give blood, and if we can't give blood, we can donate; we can be a volunteer," said Hudson. "We need people calling to get people to volunteer for their blood, but we also need people giving financially. If you don't have the means to provide vehicles, it can be a $10 donation, $25 donation, whatever you can do. It's all about us coming together and giving sacrificially."
According to the American Red Cross of South Carolina, Executive Director Rebecca Jordan, the ProMaster 3000s will be a critical part of delivering blood to the needed locations. The two vehicles will deliver specialized equipment, such as donor beds, phlebotomist materials, and blood donation supplies, to 520 daily blood drives nationwide. They will also be used to transport collected blood from community-based blood drives to processing, testing, and storage facilities.
According to Jordan, the organization still needs blood donations, and she encourages everyone to roll up their sleeves and donate blood.
"It's not as bad as it was at the beginning of the year, but we are getting into the summer months, and about 20% of our blood comes from our school partners, and they are out for the summer," she said. "And many businesses are not fully back, so we are still seeing cancelations of blood drives, so we need people to come out, roll up their sleeves and make a donation.
Jim Hudson's generous recent donation to the American Red Cross aligns with its commitment to the community, which has been demonstrated through acts of kindness in providing numerous cars and trucks to countless families in need and actively supporting over 115 charities.
Visit redcross.org/SC to learn more about the organization.