Mercedes-Benz U.S. International to Host Blood Drive at Vance Plant on March 24

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International will host a blood drive Tuesday, March 24 to assist DCH Health System with a critical need for blood. MBUSI has temporarily halted production for two weeks as a measure to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

“Our Team Members health and safety has top priority for Mercedes-Benz. Being closed for the next two weeks gives us the perfect opportunity to assist our community,” said Felyicia Jerald, a MBUSI spokesperson. 

MBUSI will host LifeSouth in the Vance plant’s Admin 1 parking lot from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The goal is to collect donations from up to 30 donors per hour.

“We are fortunate to have a partner such as Mercedes-Benz committed to our health and safety,” said Bryan Kindred, President/CEO, DCH Health System. “The current blood shortage could affect patients in our community who need immediate surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients fighting cancer. This effort has the potential to make a tremendous positive impact.”

The blood drive is just one more way Mercedes-Benz U.S. International can partner with West Alabama, said Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and Executive Director of West Alabama Works.

“MBUSI has been a close community partner for two decades,” Jones said. “Philanthropy efforts such as this demonstrate why we are so fortunate they call West Alabama home.”

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