Published by Kirby Winn on Monday, August 7, 2023 in News Releases
ImpactLife is responding to an immediate need for additional donors to support our region’s blood supply. During the weeks between Fourth of July and Labor Day, projections for blood collection show 600 to 800 fewer donors per week than in the Spring and Fall, representing an approximately 20% decrease in the rate of blood donation. The blood center has added new donor promotions and increased outreach to address the decline.
Throughout the year, ImpactLife has a goal of collecting at least 3600 donors per week to provide a 5- to 7-day supply of all blood types. But the rate of blood donation can drop by as much as 20% during the most challenging weeks of summer. ImpactLife currently has a 1.5-day supply of type O-negative red blood cells and a 1-day supply of type O-positive. Platelet donations from all blood types are also greatly needed.
To help increase the rate of blood donation through September 10, all donors who come to give blood at ImpactLife donor centers or mobile blood drives will receive a voucher to redeem for the donor’s choice of an electronic gift card or an equivalent value contribution to AdoptAClassroom.org. The value of the gift card or contribution ranges from $10 to $50, depending on the donation procedure type and whether the donation takes place at a mobile blood drive or an ImpactLife donor center location (see full details, below).
To find an ImpactLife Donor Center location or mobile blood drive, call (800) 747-5401, schedule online at www.bloodcenter.org/locations or via the ImpactLife mobile app (www.bloodcenter.org/app).
ImpactLife Donor Rewards (through Sept. 10)
- Whole blood donations at mobile blood drives: $10 gift card OR $10 AdoptAClassroom.org donation
- Whole blood donations at ImpactLife donor center locations: $25 gift card OR $25 AdoptAClassroom.org donation
- First-time donation at ImpactLife donor center location: $50 gift card OR $50 AdoptAClassroom.org donation (see news release)
- Platelet, plasma, or double red cell donations: $25 gift card OR $25 AdoptAClassroom.org donation
- First or second time platelet donation: $50 gift card OR $50 AdoptAClassroom.org donation
AdoptAClassroom.org believes every child deserves the tools and materials they need to learn and thrive in school. To achieve this, teachers are spending an average of $860 of their own money each year on their classrooms. AdoptAClassroom.org is a national nonprofit that funds PreK-12 teachers and schools across the U.S. to help equip more classrooms and students for success, and offset the financial burden on teachers. Since 1998, AdoptAClassroom.org has raised $65 million and equipped more than 6.4 million students across the U.S. The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization holds the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the highest transparency rating offered by Candid/GuideStar. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org/teach.
ImpactLife is a not-for-profit community organization providing blood services and emergency services providers to 124 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. Services extend from southcentral Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Chariton, Iowa. (See a map of the ImpactLife service region.) ImpactLife operates 22 Donor Centers and holds approximately 5000 mobile blood drives annually to provide blood components needed for patient transfusions at hospitals throughout our region.
For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and find us @impactlifeblood on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube.