A Saratoga Springs family has donated $375,000 to the American Red Cross of Eastern New York to pay for a new bloodmobile, the Red Cross announced on Monday.
The gift was given as the Red Cross launched a campaign to fund a new state-of-the-art bloodmobile. The vehicle can now be ordered, and is expected to be in service by early 2020, Red Cross officials said.
"We are incredibly grateful to the Mitzen family for this generous gift," said Gary Striar, the regional Red Cross CEO. "The bloodmobile that currently serves our region is well beyond its expected life span at 12 years old. Now, thousands of blood donors in our community will have access to a brand new, modern bloodmobile where they can give the gift of life to patients in need."
"Everywhere you turn during times of disaster, the Red Cross is there," said Ed Mitzen, who is the founder of Fingerpaint, a health and wellness advertising agency on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. "Our family feels grateful to the organization for all it does in our communities. It's an honor to be in a position to contribute to such a worthwhile cause."
The "Delivering Hope" fundraising campaign will continue, the Red Cross said, with additional donations used to purchase new vehicles for the delivery of blood supplies to hospitals across the region.