Whether you donate, organize a drive or spread the word, you can save a life.
Heartland Blood Centers serve 71 hospitals throughout Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana, which means they need a large supply of blood donations.
“We don’t get enough supply to last more than eight days and the majority of the blood types we need, especially O-negative, which is the universal donor, we don’t have more than a two day supply. This whole summer we’ve been teetering around one day, one and a half days,” said Blood Program Consultant with Heartland Blood Centers, Sarah Horn.
Luckily there have been many to rise to the occasion and donate or organize a drive; like Diane McQueen, who has been organizing multiple drives a year at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville. She’s also a donor herself, though she was reluctant at first.
“I was of the mindset of nope, I’m not doing this, I don’t like needles, I don’t do that. And I thought this is crazy. Then I had a daughter diagnosed with cancer and my son was in a severe burn accident and fortunately neither of them needed blood, but that just shocked me into, ‘what if they did?’ I’d be the first one in line. Why can’t I be the first one in line for somebody else’s loved one?” said McQueen.
While many people are donating, the need is still great.
“We need all ethnicities to donate blood. You receive the best donation from a like ethnicity because of the properties of our blood, so we need every ethnicity, we need every blood type, we need everybody to step up and help save lives in our community,” said Horn.
And for those that are nervous, it’s a small pinch to save a lot of lives.
To set up a time to donate, or organize a blood drive, visit Heartland Blood Center’s website, heartlandbc.org.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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