Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
Click on the photos below for the stories of how blood donation makes a difference in the lives of sickle cell patients and their families.
September is recognized as National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. During September, there is an increased focus on the need for research, treatment, and increased awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and other inherited blood disorders – and the role that volunteer blood donations have in treating these patients.
Although blood type or compatibility is not generally based on race, select rare blood types that are more generally found in African-Americans are needed to support patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Nationally, the number of African-Americans who need blood transfusions exceeds the number of African-Americans who donate blood. Regular blood donations by African-Americans will support individuals with Sickle Cell Disease in our community.
To schedule a blood donation, please use our online scheduling system or call (800) 747-5401.
Click on the links for information on donor eligibility and blood donation process.
Click here for additional information on hosting a sickle cell awareness blood drive.
Social media is an excellent tool to engage with your donors and maximize your number of donations. Exceed your drive goals with a breeze!
Connect with potential donors any way you can – create Facebook events, post links to stories and schedules, and keep them in the loop. Need a place to start? Below we have some awesome graphics specific to Sickle Cell Disease that can help engage your donors – before, during, and after your drive!
Click on the images below that you would like to download, then right click and select "Save image as" to use on your social media pages!