An Integral Part of the Community
CSL Plasma believes in being an integral part of the communities where our employees and plasma donors live and work. Our organization brings with it hundreds of employee volunteers and puts thousands of dollars back into the community.
Wherever CSL Plasma has a collection center we are a positive economic force, benefiting the local economy each year. On average, each collection facility employs a staff of approximately 60 people. We also often look to hire local contractors for janitorial, waste management, alarm monitoring, landscape, maintenance, equipment, and other needs.
We Give Thanks for Patients Like This
Cayden Krueger is an active and engaging 7-year old. He lives in Wisconsin with his family and has been part of our adopt-a-patient program for the last couple of years. His mom Jenni recently sent Center Manager Jesus Castillo a note that was not only heartfelt but also showcases why we do the work we do at CSL Plasma. We have gotten Jenni’s permission to reprint the note in its entirety. Here it is:
“As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I sit back and reflect on our families last 3 years. There have been some extremely hard days. However, the great days weigh out the bad.
We are so thankful for CSL Plasma. The way you all can make Cayden smile, make him feel like he's on top of the world, and how all of his new " friends " come in to donate plasma to save his life. It makes my heart smile hearing Cayden begging to stop in to see everyone at CSL. I pray that you realize just how much that means to Bob and I. We have developed a friendship with the center in a way that I can't even explain. They are always there for me when I need a good cry, talk, laugh, or prayer. They aren't only there for Cayden but they are always there for the entire Krueger family!!!!
We are so excited and blessed to be able to be involved in the Christmas Parade again this year. Bob feels honored to be able to drive his truck in the parade for CSL Plasma Beloit.
I don't know if you have heard the AMAZING news yet!!! 2 weeks ago Thursday Cayden's hematologist said that he is officially in remission. That was the best news that we have heard in 3 years. We have been praying for remission day in and day out. The doctor said she doesn't know how long remission will last for Cayden. It could be a week, month, year, 10 years, or forever. One just never knows how the body is going to work.
It is because of you, your amazing staff, and the donors that Cayden has entered remission. We are speechless. I sure wish there was a way of thanks that we could show to all of you!!!!
I have started donating myself. Please remember...… I HATE NEEDLES! HA. I am doing it faithful twice a week since August. I am now known as a bronze donor. I was so proud to see that. At first I said I was going to save that money and take Cayden on a much deserved vacation. Well, you know how that goes. I haven't. Ha. I feel great going in there donating! Not for the needles ( of course ) or the money. I'm doing it because I am helping save our son's life!!!!!
I have attached a picture of a wooden picture I have hanging up in our kitchen. I looked at it this morning and I just cried. It brought tears to my eyes. You can just see that Cayden is just loving life in this picture!! I also attached a picture of Cayden at the PDSA convention. That was so much fun. I pray you have an amazing Thanksgiving! Thank you again for everything that you do and for loving Cayden!!!!!! I pray you all feel the love right back from him and the entire Krueger clan!!!!
Boca Employees Go Back to School
On Thursday, September 27th a number of our Boca colleagues went back to kindergarten. They paired up and read “The Day the Crayons Quit” to an eager set of kindergartners at JC Mitchell Elementary School in Boca Raton. The kids loved the crayons that were left behind for them and our colleagues had a great time. We partnered with the Literacy Council of Palm Beach for this special volunteer event. It was a wonderful experience for our employees as well as the children!
CSL Plasma Peoria 133 Helps Feed Over 2,900 People!
During the month of July, Peoria 133 ran a food and water drive for St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, a nonprofit that is dedicated to fighting hunger in Arizona. Center staff really engaged and encouraged donors to participate and even offered them a chance to win a raffle prize for their participation. By the end of the month, according to St. Mary's, the center had collected 3,509 pounds of food, enough to feed 2,954 people in need within the local communities. The food will be used in food distribution to needy families, children's feeding programs, or through community kitchens that help adults find employment by teaching them how to be successful in the food service industry.
Back to School Care Fair in Douglas, AZ
The Douglas 190 center participated in a local event called 'Back to School Care Fair' to help students get ready for the new school year. The employees and children of the Douglas community received notebooks, pens, flyers and other school supplies. The event was a success with more than 2,000 people in attendance!The Douglas center also received a Certificate of Appreciation for their contribution.
McKeesport 192 Builds Joy!
CSL Plasma McKeesport 192 partnered with the United Way of Southwestern PA at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ home, Heinz Field, on June 21 to partake in their yearly Build-A-Bike event providing bicycles to hundreds of local children. The event is just one part of United Way’s work to help local children learn the importance of healthy habits, like eating healthy and staying active as well as staying in school and building strong academic and character skills so they can have a bright future!
CSL Plasma Sets New Record in IDF Fundraising!
It’s time for a drumroll! We are so pleased to announce that CSL Plasma has set an all-time giving record for the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) fundraising campaign. Employees and donors contributed $141,430.00 which goes towards patient education, advocacy and support services. Thanks to everyone for their hard work in planning and implementing successful IDF fundraisers.The campaign was successful due to our employees partnering with local Adopt-A-Patients.
CSL Plasma Shows Up Strong! - #CSLPlasmaCares
It was a sea of purple shirts at the recently held Walk in the Jungle to support the Florida Hemophilia Association. We had more than 140 folks that participated in this local community event, held at Jungle Island in Miami on Sunday, May 6th. We won 3rd place for best t-shirt and also had a snap chat filter that walkers could access to share with their followers. It was a great time and we want to thank all CSL Plasma employees, family and friends that helped us raise over $3,000 for this important cause.
Use Your Voice to Change the Culture
The Ft Gratiot, MI center partnered with the local Women's shelter Blue Water Safe Horizons and walked for the cause to stop sexual assault in the community. The walk was held at the Vantage Point River Walk in Port Huron, MI.
Pictured is Reception Group lead Diamond Meadows, CM Adrienne Smith and Sr Phlebotomist Kelly Mahlstedt volunteering their time to do some community outreach.
Autism Awareness Running Event
Team Brownsville 113 ran for Autism Awareness with their Adopt-a-Patient Jason Granado, who happens to be one of their very own employee's sons who has hemophilia. Jason actually takes CSL Plasma's lifesaving medications and is the adopt a patient for several other centers around the Brownsville area. The team had a great time running the event and speaking to people about CSL Plasma. They even had one of the running event sponsors (City Cruisers Cycling Friends) recognize Jason by giving him an Autism Awareness athletic t-shirt. The team took Jason out to eat after the event to further recognize him for being a recipient of CSL Plasma's lifesaving medical products.
More info about the run: This event brought in about 2,000 runners and 4,000 people from the community. There was a 1 mile run and a 5K run that CSL plasma employees participated in to raise awareness for Autism. The local community college Texas Southmost College and Valley Baptist Medical Center helped sponsor this event. The funds for the race also went to the local school district BISD for supporting special students programs.
Cleveland, Ohio Center Gives Back
The Cleveland 401 center participated in A Rise and Shine Dinner with the Ronald McDonald House at the Cleveland Clinic. CSL Plasma commends and thanks all employees who gave extra to make a difference for this charitable cause! We love being a part of our communities and giving back.
Keep Brazos Beautiful Trash Off!
The KBB (Keep Brazos Beautiful) is a wonderful organization that schedules and host many events for cleaning the county's parks, roads and neighbor hoods as well as providing educational and other volunteer events. This year the College Station, TX 152 team filled 5 bags of trash and found 14 tires in the two hours they were cleaning the small neighborhood assigned to them! The trash was picked up to be taken away and the tires taken to a recycling center. The KBB Trash Off is just one of many annual community events that the team participates in.
CSL Lends a Helping Hand
CSL Plasma was a sponsor at the Boca Raton Golf Classic at Broken Sound Country Club. As part of that sponsorship, children from the Florida Hemophilia Association were invited on our behalf to a putting clinic with golf pro Miguel Angel Jimenez.Read the Full Story
Chicken Soup for the Sole on Christmas Eve
Co-hosted with Footprints of Michigan, the Lansing MI center held a 'Chicken Soup for the Sole' event on Christmas Eve, providing dinner, coats, gloves, hats, shoes, and boots to all who were homeless. Over 100 people were served dinner, ages ranging from 1 to 70 years old. The center's community partner Biggby Coffee also joined the cause, donating hot cocoa and coffee. CSL provided the chicken soup meal along with coats, hats, and gloves that donors donated, while Footprints of Michigan offered the shoes and boots. The center was pleased to be able to serve those in need during the holidays.