Published by Kirby Winn on Sunday, June 23, 2024 in News Releases

This week, ImpactLife is “on call” to help support blood inventory needs in the event of a crisis as a member of the national Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (BERC). The blood center is seeking additional donations to support needs that may arise nationally and within our region. To schedule, call ImpactLife at (800) 747-5401, visit, or download the ImpactLife mobile app at

blood inventory levels
ImpactLife begins the week with a 2-day supply of type O-negative and a 2.5-day supply of type O-positive red blood cells. Platelet donations from all blood types are also greatly needed.

BERC on call logoBERC is a network of community blood centers from across the nation committed to preparing for mass transfusion emergencies. By collecting extra units on a rotating “on-call” schedule, BERC members establish a ready pool of blood that can be tapped into during disasters, providing an invaluable safety net in times of crisis.

Nelson Hellwig, Administrator for Blood Emergency Readiness Corps describes why the BERC network was established nearly three years ago:More from Nelson Hellwig: download interview clips here

ImpactLife Donor Promotions (through June 30) 
Donor Promotion - towelTo thank donors who give blood during this critical time of year, ImpactLife will provide all presenting donors with a voucher to redeem for their choice of an electronic gift card, bonus points to use in the Donor Rewards Store, or an equivalent donation to Best Friends Animal Society via the blood center’s “Good Giving” program.

  • Whole blood donation (Donor Centers and mobile blood drives)
    • $20 gift card, $20 donation OR 1,000 points
  • Double red and plasma only donations 
    • $25 gift card, $25 donation OR 1,500 points
  • Platelet donations (donors who have given platelets 2+ times previously with ImpactLife)
    • $25 gift card, $25 donation OR 1,500 points
  • Platelet donations (donor’s first or second attempt to ever give platelets with ImpactLife)
    • $50 gift card, $50 donation OR 3,000 points

Blood Donors Save Lives! View transfusion recipient stories here.

About ImpactLife
ImpactLife is a nonprofit community organization providing blood services to more than 120 hospitals and emergency medical service providers in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. The blood center operates 23 Donor Centers and holds approximately 5000 mobile blood drives annually to provide blood components needed by hospitals and in pre-hospital emergency response throughout our region.

For more information on blood inventories and donor promotions, see and find us @impactlifeblood on Facebook, X, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.



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Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for ImpactLife. He enjoys working with media across the blood center's service region to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers who support our mission.

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