Organize a Blood Drive

Why Host a Blood Drive

Blood drives are a great opportunity to be recognized as a leader in your community, business, educational institution, or place of worship. Community Blood Center (CBC) seeks sponsors to help reach the daily goal of 350 blood donors. Once your organization has committed to a blood drive, a CBC Account Representative will be assigned to provide you with tools to host a successful blood drive.

  • CBC encourages blood drive sponsors to secure a date on the calendar 6 months to a year in advance.  
  • CBC's Account Representative will determine which hours are best after consulting with you. Blood drives are typically scheduled for 3-4 hours.
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What's in it for you? 

  • Support your community by providing donation opportunities.
  • Schools, organizations, businesses, and places of worship will gain the public goodwill by hosting a blood drive as well as energize members, students, and employees.
  • Organizers learn about civic responsibility and project management skills as a result of organizing and coordinating a blood drive.
  • Sponsors help maintain a safe and stable blood supply. Patients needing life-saving blood products are thankful for your efforts.
  • Blood drive sponsors experience a rewarding event that provides leadership opportunities, brings organizations together, and promotes a lifesaving cause.

 

Emily: "A Girl with Her Whole Life in Front of Her"

Emily and Becca RobertsIn the community of blood donors, blood recipients and care-givers, Emily Roberts is "family." The gift of life saved her when she was a 13-year old leukemia patient, and in a remarkable legacy it also came to save her tiny daughter Becca when she was born 12 weeks premature.

Emily was diagnosed with leukemia in 2000. Through the course of her treatment she received more than 100 units of blood and two bone marrow transplants, as well as multiple blood products during her chemotherapy. By the age of 16 she was considered cured.

Then Becca came along in 2008. Born in the NICU at just 26 weeks, she needed a transfusion immediately due to low blood volume. Her first days were on a ventilator, she continued to need oxygen, and she slowly gained strength through a feeding tube for the next six weeks. On April 14, 2008 she was finally able to go home.

Becca is now three and in pre-school (and on the day of this conversation, very proud of herself for drawing the letter "B" as she learns to spell her name). "She's small," says Emily proudly, "but she's fine." All this experience has inspired Emily's career path. She just received her nursing certification and is looking for her first job. She will continue her training with the goal of specializing in pediatric oncology. "Obviously blood products, blood donors and the bone marrow registry saved my life," she says, "and saved my daughter's life."

She has yet another reason to feel grateful. Her mother survived breast cancer 12 years ago and went into remission. She recently relapsed, but has just finished treatment, and according to Emily, "beat it again."

Emily looks back at all the blood products she received when she was a scared young girl in ICU - red blood cells, platelets, white blood cells - and reflects on her life in the family of blood stewardship.

"I tell everybody I can, go donate blood when you can," she says. "You never know if you'll need it, if you're child will need it, or if some total stranger 13-year-old girl with her whole life in front of her is going to need it!"