Special to Atmore News
Porch Band of Creek Indians has made its second major donation within a month that is geared to saving local and area lives.
Officials of Alabama’s only federally recognized Native American tribe, which recently donated $1 million to Atmore Community Hospital to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, have now announced the purchase of a new Bloodmobile for the American Red Cross.
“The American Red Cross is an incredible community partner and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians is proud to assist them in their efforts,” said Tribal Chair and CEO Stephanie A. Bryan. “I am pleased to announce our donation for the purchase of a Bloodmobile, which will allow the Red Cross to replace an outdated one and continue their mission of saving lives. I commend the Red Cross for its hard work during this time, and always.”
Red Cross officials said the feeling is mutual and reported that the donation would enable the organization to save up to 30,000 lives through the use of the new mobile blood-collection facility, for which the cost was not announced.
“Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood,” said Mark Beddingfield, CEO of Red Cross Alabama Region. “We value the generous support of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and community partners throughout Alabama whose contributions enable us to provide lifesaving blood to patients in need.”