BATTLE CREEK, Mich., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, in conjunction with select Walmart store blood drives, Keebler and the American Red Cross are recognizing one local Kansas advocate with the Ernie Keebler Goodness Award for taking the life-saving act of giving blood to a new level.
Jon Beadles of Wichita will receive the Ernie Keebler Goodness Award from the Central Plains Region of the Red Cross. He became a blood drive coordinator four years ago at his company NetApp. Jon has since expanded the drive to include people from surrounding businesses and donors at his drive last month gave a total of 41 units. In fact, Jon himself has given 55 units since he first began donating blood through the Red Cross.
Keebler established this new award to recognize "good cookies" and encourage additional acts of goodness. Keebler worked with the Red Cross to select the award recipients based on those who donate blood frequently, inspire others to donate and volunteer at local blood drives.
"Ernie Keebler Goodness Award recipients are chosen because they are leaders in their communities and emulate the selfless qualities of a good cookie," said Melissa Pawlowicz, senior director of integrated promotions for Kellogg's. "These local advocates give their time, energy and even their blood to help others in need."
As a recipient of the Ernie Keebler Goodness Award, Jon Beadles will receive a crystal trophy of Ernie Keebler, a one-year supply of Keebler cookies and two $500 Walmart gift cards—one for personal use and one for a charity of his choice to encourage more acts of goodness.
Keebler supports the Red Cross blood drives at Walmart stores and other locations throughout the country by providing Keebler cookies in exchange for giving blood. Keebler will provide more than 6 million cookies annually, rewarding those "Good Cookies" who donate. After all, one good cookie deserves another.
Blood donors can share their blood donation stories and learn more about making a difference in their local communities on the Keebler Facebook page at Facebook.com/KeeblerCookies. Appointments to give blood can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or online at www.RedCrossBlood.org.
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About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.