Published by Kirby Winn on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in News Releases
(August 24, 2022) – ImpactLife is joining in an international campaign to break the world record for a single day of blood donations on Saturday, August 27th. The effort is part of Global Blood Heroes Day, a worldwide drive to rally 50,000 blood donors in 20 countries across six continents. All blood donations made at ImpactLife donor centers and community blood drives scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 27 will count towards the record.
To schedule an appointment for donation, call (800) 747-5401 or schedule online at www.bloodcenter.org, or via the Blood Center's mobile app (www.bloodcenter.org/app).
The campaign is spearheaded by a social justice organization based in the United Kingdom named “Who is Hussain?” The group aims to help save lives and build greater awareness about the urgent need for blood donations. Donors in 20 countries across six continents are taking part in Global Blood Heroes Day. All data collected as part of this campaign will be confirmed by Official World Records, a verification body recognized by the Council of Notariats of the European Union.
“Although a blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in this country, just three percent of the United States population donates blood each year. We need to dramatically increase that number to ensure we have enough blood on the shelf to meet demand,” said Kate Fry, Chief Executive Officer at America’s Blood Centers. “This global campaign will help bring more donors into their local community blood center, increase diversity in the blood supply, and encourage many people to give for the very first time.”
ImpactLife strives to maintain a five-day supply for all blood types, but after a period of low donation rates, blood inventories are at just a 1.5-day supply for O-negative and 2- to 3-day supply for O-positive, A-negative, A-positive, B-positive, and B-negative blood types. Blood and platelet donations are used to support ongoing, routine use at local hospitals while a reserve is needed in case of a spike in demand due to large scale emergency or mass trauma.
ImpactLife Donor Promotions
To thank those who support the blood center’s lifesaving mission at this critical time of year, ImpactLife is pleased to offer the following donor promotions for all who come to give blood at ImpactLife donor centers and mobile blood drives. (For more information on donor promotions, see www.bloodcenter.org/promotions.)
$10 e-gift card (or donor’s choice of 500 bonus points for ImpactLife Donor Rewards Store)
- Voucher provided to all donors giving at ImpactLife mobile blood drives (locations) through Sept. 11
$20 e-gift card (or donor’s choice of 500 bonus points for ImpactLife Donor Rewards Store)
- Voucher provided to all donors giving at ImpactLife Donor Centers (locations) through Sept. 11
$25 e-gift card
- Voucher provided to all donors giving a Double Red Cell donation or a platelet donation for at least third time with ImpactLife (locations) through Sept. 11
$50 e-gift card
- Voucher provided to all donors giving platelet donations for the first or second time (locations) through Sept. 11
Donor Rewards Points
- Provided with all donations, with the value based on donation procedure type; Double and Triple Point Days apply (for more information, see: ImpactLife Donor Rewards)
ImpactLife is a not-for-profit community organization providing blood services 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.