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Bridgestone honored for efforts to increase blood donations
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When it comes to blood donations, Bridgestone is treading on new ground.The local factory was recently presented the Growing By Leaps and Bounds Award given to blood drive sponsors that either increased the units of blood donated at their blood drives by 30 percent or more, or held a blood drive after an absence of three or more years.The award was given by the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.“The Red Cross blood program is fortunate to have the support of Bridgestone,” said Tim Ryerson, CEO of Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “The company helped the Red Cross collect 79 units of blood in fiscal year 2008. Each year since, that number has increased significantly.