Published by Kirby Winn on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in News Releases
Through a partnership with Blood Centers of America and Forestmatic, ImpactLife is providing blood donors with the opportunity to help plant 33,000 trees. The global sustainability initiative is being joined by blood providers across the United States and will ultimately result in planting up to 160,000 trees in a deforested region of Uganda.
“We are thrilled to support a program to not only thank our blood donors for their lifesaving impact here at home, but also for their support of this global sustainability initiative," said Amanda Hess, Vice President, Donor Relations and Marketing. “Blood donors give because they want to help make a difference in the world, and we’re excited to help increase that difference with Forestmatic and Blood Centers of America.”
Donors help our community each time they give blood that goes to help area patients feel better. This fall and winter, donors can grow strong communities here and around the world as part of this tree planting partnership. Donors may schedule appointments by calling (800) 747-5401, schedule online at www.bloodcenter.org, or via the ImpactLife mobile app (www.bloodcenter.org/app).
The national campaign with blood providers across the U.S. has a goal of planting 160,000 trees on behalf of blood donors. Forestmatic estimates participating farmers will see a $3,500 increase in their household income over ten years: a 400% increase compared to existing employment. As for the environmental impact Forestmatic estimates planting 33,000 trees will offset approximately 2100 tons of CO2 emissions over the next five years. Per Forestmatic, this is equivalent to keeping 450 cars parked for one year and compensates for the energy use of 263 U.S. households in one year.
All presenting donors will receive a voucher to redeem for the tree planting program and the donor’s choice of an ImpactLife Blood Type Mug by coming to give blood at any ImpactLife donor center or mobile blood drive. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org/promotions.
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.