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Tulsa Red Cross adds new bloodmobile to fleet

Posted at 6:54 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 19:54:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — Keep an eye out for this big new bus rolling down Tulsa streets.

The American Red Cross has a brand new bloodmobile, which they showed off on Thursday for the first time. Sponsors and volunteers lined up to climb on board.

It’s wider than the old one, and it fits more donors at one time.

"That's, I think, one of the biggest changes, modifications and improvements in the new bloodmobile is the opportunity to take both right-handed and left-handed donors off one bed,” Red Cross Tulsa’s Jan Hale said.

That means no waiting.

The old bus was no longer reliable. It had more than 120,000 miles on the odometer and needed two generators, which are expensive to replace, Hale said.

"We couldn't count on that bus to perform and to be able to accommodate our donors,” she said.

The newest addition to the Red Cross fleet was made possible by the efforts of the Tulsa Red Cross board of directors and substantial support from donors, including the Schusterman Family Foundation, The Zarrow Foundation, The Hardesty Family Foundation and Harsco Industrial Air X Changers.

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