The need for blood doesn’t stop during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The American Red Cross Southern California Region collects lifesaving blood products from donors across SoCal and transports it to local hospitals to help patients in need. San Diego-based mortgage lender Plaza Home Mortgage® is helping make that journey possible by providing funding for a new Red Cross Blood Services community vehicle.
“It is an honor to continue our partnership with the American Red Cross and help them deliver lifesaving blood to patients in Southern California,” said Kevin Parra, Co-Founder, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Plaza Home Mortgage. “Plaza is proud to support the efforts of the American Red Cross during the current health crisis.”
The new biomedical vehicle, made possible by funding from Plaza Home Mortgage, will be used to deliver blood products to hospitals from the Red Cross blood processing facility in Pomona. It will also be used to transport blood from collection sites and blood drives to the processing and distribution center in Pomona. From the Pomona facility, blood will be sent to hospitals across Southern California, and beyond.
“Plaza Home Mortgage’s investment in our Blood Services community vehicle enables us to provide convenient donation opportunities in local communities, transport blood to processing facilities and deliver blood to hospitals and cancer treatment centers,” said Sean Mahoney, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Southern California Region. “The generous support of Plaza Home Mortgage will help us deliver lifesaving blood to patients during life’s most urgent moments.”
Plaza Home Mortgage has been a long-time supporter of the Red Cross, generously supporting the humanitarian mission of the organization since 2005. In 2017, Plaza Home Mortgage made one of its largest gifts ever: over $77,000 in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. For more information about the American Red Cross Southern California Region, please visit redcross.org/SoCal. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org.