Saving Lives Together in Ventura County

A Blood Program Partner since 2013, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., has been an integral part of the American Red Cross’s mission to help save lives. Jenny Mandel, an Archivist for the Library, who began the Blood Drive Program to honor a friend of hers as she battled Leukemia, has grown the Blood Drive Program from one blood drive a year to multiple blood drives a year. This effort has resulted in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum helping the Red Cross collected 1,178 units of life-saving blood since they began running blood drives eight years ago.

When the pandemic hit and blood drives were canceled nation-wide, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum helped fill the need and offered their facility for additional blood drives during this time. Since COVID-19 closures began, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has hosted an additional four blood drives in their Presidential Learning Center and the Air Force Boardroom, home of the retired Air Force One plane that Ronald Reagan used during his tenure as President.

“With the help of the Red Cross and the great support of Library and Foundation Leadership, our drives have netted greater and greater numbers. Even with the challenges brought by COVID, we are beginning to realize the great potential the Library has as a host site. I am proud and honored to be a part of this wonderful partnership and hope that it continues long into the future,” said Mendel.

The American Red Cross is honored to partner with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to host life-saving blood drives that have had a direct impact on over 3,500 patients and look forward to the many more blood drives we will hold together in the future.

“Partners like the Reagan Presidential Library and Museum show us what it truly means to be community-focused,” Tony Briggs, regional CEO for the Central California said. “They understand how essential blood is for those who need it most.”

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