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$250,000 High School Heroes Scholarship program lauched

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DEDHAM — Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross are pleased to launch the annual Bob’s Discount Furniture $250,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program for the 2014-2015 school year. The Bob’s High School Heroes Scholarship Program recognizes students who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donation program in their schools, and helps encourage young people to become involved by helping patients in need.

High school students play an important role in supporting a sufficient blood supply. Blood donations at high school and college blood drives account for up to 20 percent of donations during the school year, which is why scholarship programs like Bob’s High School Heroes are important in ensuring blood is available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed.

“For more than 18 years, Bob’s Discount Furniture has been an unwavering supporter of the Red Cross and the patients and communities we serve,” said Jeff Meyer, CEO, American Red Cross Massachusetts and Connecticut Blood Services Regions. “The scholarship program helps the Red Cross make a difference in the lives of patients and empowers high school students to take a leadership role.”

“We’re proud to celebrate the dedication and civic contributions of high school seniors who better their community by supporting the Red Cross and its lifesaving mission,” said Bob Kaufman, President Emeritus of Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Since this scholarship program launched in 2009, we’ve awarded nearly $650,000 to hundreds of students in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York and look forward to touching more lives this year.”

Kaufman knows the crucial importance of a sufficient blood supply. Medical crises required two of his family members to receive many blood transfusions. He lost his father Leo Kaufman and his 16-year-old nephew Scott Mulready to leukemia. The Kaufman family is forever thankful for the extra time with them made possible, in part, by blood donors. Through the generosity of Bob, employees, customers and members of the community, Bob’s Discount Furniture blood drives have collected more than 38,000 units of lifesaving blood.

Students who host at least two high school blood drives throughout the year and achieve an annual participation rate of at least 30 percent of age-eligible students are qualified to win a base scholarship of $250. Students who meet those initial requirements are also eligible to win additional scholarships, including up to eight $1,000 grand prize scholarships per winning school, which is determined by totaling the blood units donated from each school. The winners in each state are determined by the number of students who donate and the total units collected. For complete contest rules and to learn how you can get involved, visit mybobs.com/outreach/highschoolheroes.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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