Every year, blood centers report a drop in donations over the holiday season due to busy schedules. Yet every two seconds someone in the U.S. still needs blood.
“The best thing is if we can even out our donations we have coming in, and keep a steady blood supply coming in, that would be ideal. If everyone was giving once a year or if more people gave two or three times a year, especially because you can give safely six times a year, or every 56 days. It would help us avert blood shortages,” said Heartland Blood Center’s Senior Marketing Director, Kelly Van De Mark.
Though all blood types are needed, O-negative is one of the most in demand as it’s the only universal blood type, and frequently used in medical emergencies when there is no time to figure out a patient’s specific type.
If you give at the Heartland Blood Centers, feeling good about your donation isn’t your only reward
“We do have a rewards club and we call it our Warm Hearts Club, and basically it rewards donors for their generosity and frequency of donation and their loyalty to donating to Heartland Blood Center as the community blood center in Naperville,” said Van De Mark.
These bonuses include gift cards for gas, retail stores, or restaurants.
To find more information on upcoming blood drives, go to heartlandbc.org.
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