THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to donate blood at our recent blood drive held on Sunday, July 10th! It was a complete SELL OUT!
The last couple of years we have used bloodmobile provided by our partner, Blood Centers of the Pacific (BCP), as our collection point. Last month we were booked solid for thirty-three appointments, a full two days BEFORE the event! The BCP staff saw twenty-eight donors, taking blood from twenty-five, while three we deferred because of low iron levels. The twenty-five pints collected are then used to produce seventy-five total pints which are then distributed to Bay Area hospitals like Children’s Hospital Oakland, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, all major trauma centers and many, many more.
We were unable to see everyone that pre-registered because the bloodmobile provided was an older model with only four donation beds, instead of the usual five. What we learned from this, is that we have a great opportunity to expand and grow our blood drive. Beginning with our next drive being held on Sunday, November 13th, our blood drives will once again be held up in our Lodge Room. Moving upstairs gives us several things to look forward to: we will have six donation beds, which increases the number of donor appointments; it will give us more potential donors, thus giving us the chance to increase the number of pints collected; BCP will give us additional staff to handle the increased traffic; and finally, our new hours will be from 9am until 2pm! That’s an additional hour.
The success of this drive came down to three key factors:
1 – increased use of social media (our Lodge website and weekly email blast, our Lodge Facebook page, as well as reaching out to our local community via What’s Happening In Alameda and Alameda Peeps);
2 – making better use of the available tools from our Blood Centers of the Pacific and our coordinator Robin Taylor, and;
3 – YOU, OUR DONORS! Without your willingness to donate your time and your blood, we would be nothing.
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