Why Plan a Blood Drive?
Organizing a blood drive is a great way for a community to come together and support a good cause. It is important to give blood and give often. Plan a blood drive to help others. Every day, almost 800 patients in North, Central and East Texas require timely blood transfusions. The majority of this blood comes from blood drives organized by community groups.
An organized blood drive is often the first time people become introduced to giving blood. When you organize a blood drive, you give patients in our community a second chance at life or better health. Hosting a blood drive can leave a lifelong impression on the people giving blood.
Some of Carter BloodCare’s multi-gallon givers say that they gave blood because someone they knew needed it. You can host a blood drive in honor of a patient in need. This is a powerful gesture of support and provides an entire community with an opportunity to show they care. A blood drive can also act as a rally cry, letting patients and families hear from a community that stands by them during difficult battles.
Organize a blood drive for yourself. Giving blood is also a great way for donors to learn vital information about their own health. A free mini-physical is given at the time of donation, which includes a screening of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron levels. Blood donors can also check their cholesterol level within days following donation.
Keys to a Successful Blood Drive
Any company, community organization, place of worship or individual may contact their local community blood center to host a blood drive. If you’re interested in organizing a blood drive, here are a few keys to successful planning:
- Call Carter BloodCare to begin planning early
- Set reasonable goals
- When you have questions, call Carter BloodCare
- Involve group leadership and organize a blood drive committee
- Start active promotions two to four weeks before drive day
- Recruit blood donors personally
- Ask donors to schedule appointments
- Remind donors of their appointments
- Remember to say “thank you” to donors, sponsors and committee members
Planning a Blood Drive
Give Carter BloodCare a call and one of our consultants will walk you through planning and executing your blood drive. We will give you all the promotional materials you need for a turnkey blood drive that meets the safety guidelines of the FDA.
Call Carter BloodCare at 817-412-5384 today and start planning the event that’s good for you and good for patients in your community.