DAYTON, Ohio, July 27, 2009 – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Coventry Fine Homes team up with three local nonprofit organizations in the Miami Valley region—The Foodbank, Community Blood Center and Life Connection of Ohio—to make a positive impact on our community. “We bring communities together to make a difference—not just in a family’s life—but in their own,” said Conrad Ricketts, Executive Producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. “Whether you are nailing shingles on the roof, signing up to become an organ donor, donating blood or a can of food, you are making a difference for the betterment of this community.” Food Drive “In the past two years we have seen nearly a 50 percent increase in demand—from handing out 3 million pounds of food two years ago to our expected rate of 5 million pounds of food for this upcoming year,” said Linda Crouch-Roepken, Associate Executive Officer of The Foodbank in Dayton. “Summer is usually our busiest time, but our slowest time for donations. Any donation you make is appreciated.” Throughout the build, donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the building site at a shed—provided by Lowe’s—and marked with a Foodbank banner. Also, volunteers and community members are asked to bring two cans of food to the house reveal, also known as the “Move that Bus” scene, on August 6. Blood Drive The Miami Valley’s Community Blood Center (CBC) will be at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition construction site for volunteers, spectators and community members to donate their blood from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 31, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 1. Every blood donation can help save up to three lives. “We’re excited to be a part of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition event,” said Dr. David Smith, CEO of Community Blood Center. “This event will bring local and national attention to the ongoing importance of blood donation. I commend the show and its producers for making this a regular feature of the program.” Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 year old donors must have parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Organ and Tissue Donation Registration Also at the construction site on July 31 and August 1, will be Life Connection of Ohio to register volunteers and community members to become organ and tissue donors. “We’re excited to be a part of the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Dayton project because it will not only provide a home to a family that needs one, but also will help Life Connection of Ohio potentially save hundreds of lives by adding organ and tissue donors to the Ohio Donor Registry,” said Michael G. Phillips, President and CEO of Life Connection of Ohio. “Every episode, the show makes a real difference in people’s lives and inspires others to volunteer and give back to their communities. This spirit of giving is crucial to Life Connection’s ability to provide life-saving organ and tissue donations for those in need. “A great example of this generosity is 17-year-old Botkins resident, Rachel Doseck, who met Ty Pennington through Make a Wish Foundation after receiving her heart transplant. Now, she is giving back to her community as a Donate Life Ambassador with Life Connection of Ohio and by volunteering during the Dayton episode. Her ability and desire to help others is a testament to the show and to the compassionate individuals in our community who share the gift of life as organ and tissue donors” .
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