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Saving Lives Through The Power Of Giving

At BlueGrace Logistics, our number one Core Value is Be Caring Of All Others. Every six weeks, we invite One Blood to come out to our Tampa office where our employees are able to take some time out of their day to go out and donate.

The Benefits of Donating

Not only do the people who are receiving blood transfusions benefit from the donation, but there are also some health benefits donors receive as well. Each time you donate you’ll receive a free wellness checkup which includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. Studies have also shown that giving blood regularly can help keep your iron levels balanced, can result in fewer arterial blockages and giving at least three times a year may reduce the risk of heart attack.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. is in need of blood.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. is in need of blood. Once you complete your donation and your pint of blood is tested and marked as safe to use, the blood will be transfused within 48-72 hours. Many people think that accident and trauma victims are the patients who need blood transfusions most, but patients being treated for cancer, undergoing orthopedic surgeries, cardiovascular surgeries or being treated for inherited blood disorders are actually where blood is most needed.

Be Caring Of All Others

According to One Blood, over 37% of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet only 5% actually do. As of 2016, BlueGrace has donated over 130 units of blood. With each unit of blood, up to three lives can be saved. That is almost 400 patients that could benefit from the lifesaving efforts of BlueGrace employees! Mike Sumnick, VP of Operations at BlueGrace and the coordinator of the blood drives states, “We pursue outrageous goals here at BlueGrace, and every time we host a blood drive, we will strive to help save even more lives.”

To find a donation center near you, please visit https://www.oneblood.org/donate-now/

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Proof of the Power of Twitter and Employee Ideas

BlueGrace Logistics is always seeking out new ways to keep employees excited about upcoming events and holidays. As a company that supports a strong corporate culture above all else, finding ideas to mix up the BlueGrace experience can be challenging.  With a long history full of successful dress theme and costume days, BBQs, sporting events, chili cook-offs, prize giveaway challenges, charitable competitions, as well as holiday games like Secret Santa and in-office Easter egg hunts, it can be difficult to think of the next great thing.

Recently a BlueGrace employee, Brandice Tossas, took it upon herself to serve up something really cool for BlueGrace Logistics in Riverview, Florida. Before going into what event took the office by storm from this Brandice’s idea and individual effort, it’s important to mention another key part of the BlueGrace culture that made this event possible – Twitter.

BlueGrace Logistics Employee - Brandice Tossas

All employees of BlueGrace Logistics have their own Twitter handle and are encouraged to Tweet regularly, even during business hours when time allows. BlueGrace is heavily involved in all social platforms, and puts an emphasis on employee involvement as part of the general corporate culture. Yet, for this employee’s idea, the company’s social engagement on Twitter brought forth a special opportunity that benefited everyone.

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Brandice had become aware of a special traveling tour that had been going cross country providing samples of their new products and had the idea of trying to get them to come to BlueGrace Logistics. This was no ordinary product launch tour, this was Ben & Jerry’s Truck Tour offering new flavors of their new Greek Frozen Yogurt flavors! She started tagging Ben & Jerry’s in tweets asking for them to stop by BlueGrace during their Florida tour, and after multiple tweets, she got a response!

With a BlueGrace stop possible for the Ben & Jerry’s Truck Tour, Employees took to Twitter to reinforce Brandice’s request and to express how awesome it would be if the tour stopped by the office. The result?  The Ben & Jerry’s Truck Tour made its official BlueGrace Logistics stop at 11am on Tuesday, May 22nd!

When announced that Ben & Jerry’s had arrived, it was like seeing kids go after an ice cream truck. BlueGrace employees lined up in full force and stood around gloating in the glory of free frozen yogurt. The Florida heat spared us with a slight overcast afternoon so that we could enjoy eating without having the cold treat melt down in seconds.

 

The event ended up being a huge success by creating a special experience that the employees never had in a corporate setting, got free ice cream to interrupt their work day, and even better got to bond with other co-workers when they normally would not have the chance. In addition, this was only possible through the suggestion of a BlueGrace employee and proof of the power of Twitter in the BlueGrace corporate culture.

See more pictures from the Ben & Jerry’s Truck Tour on BlueGrace Logistics’ Facebook page

 

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The Real Meaning of a Shoulder Ride

As a father to two little girls I have found myself as the proverbial donkey for the last 10 years. It’s a rare occurrence if I’m involved in any sort of walking with my girls, whether it is 20 feet or a mile, my shoulders aren’t carrying one of them. A few months ago I had pulled something in my neck rendering my shoulder ride services useless for a few days. During that time I learned just how lucky I was to be able to give shoulder-rides, albeit amidst the constant whine of newly mobile princesses. I pondered what having the privilege actually meant and listed below are some of what came to mind.

If you are giving a shoulder ride:

  1. You’re probably healthy, strong
  2. You’re carrying someone that loves you dearly
  3. You’re carrying someone that you love dearly
  4. There’s a good chance the rider is your child, in which case you are exponentially blessed for the good fortune of being able to have a child
  5. You’re likely outside or cruising a mall, breathing fresh air
  6. It’s likely you’re off work, probably headed somewhere you really want to be
  7. You almost certainly don’t have a sunburn (not earth shattering but I LOATH sunburns)
  8. You feel safe to walk openly with a small child in public areas; this is not something the entire world enjoys. If you’re lucky enough to be a US citizen then add to your blessings
  9. You’re making someone so very happy and without costing a cent
  10. If you’re not lifting a child, you’re likely lifting a teammate or friend in celebration, again, you are likely healthy and strong.
  11. You like serving others and have a kind heart, which is a true gift

This list could continue for miles but the point is you are amongst the utmost blessed should you find you’re giving a shoulder ride. Healthy, loving, loved, safe, happy, serving, and grateful are all appropriate words for those lucky enough to be carrying another. You are the real 1%, the most fortunate of all in these circumstances.

There is a strong symbolism of a shoulder ride in its power to assist another. Shoulder rides can carry someone else in time of need or simply take a little pressure off someone’s feet for a while. Maybe you can’t lift someone because you’re not near them in distance, maybe you are across the world from them. But chances are, you can lift almost anyone if you have the desire to do so.

There is a potential in all of us to give to others, to support them, and to lift them.

In many of life’s circumstances I find that it’s either necessary or simply a lot of fun if you’re carrying someone, literally or figuratively. As for me, I healed fast that week and have had an added zest for placing my heart on top of my shoulders every chance I get.

P.S.

Sometimes you get to be the rider…

 Man on the shoulders of another man

 -Bobby Harris

 President & CEO