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Choosing to make a difference, one pint at a time

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What if you were given a super power to save lives? Would you utilize it? Every eight weeks, individuals have the ability to be such a hero by donating blood.

Blood is a life source for every human being. Blood cannot be made in a laboratory; it must be donated. Your gift of blood may help up to three people; however, donated red blood cells have a limited shelf-life of up to 42 days.

Everyday blood is needed in hospitals for surgeries, cancer treatments, trauma and accidents. The American Red Cross estimates approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the United States. An average of 3 pints is needed per blood transfusion.

The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.” The convenience of a mobile blood drive increases the number of donors. Up to 80% of the American Red Cross blood donations come from blood drives set up at companies, community organizations, schools, places of worship or military installations.
TVH provides three annual on-site blood drives. After our spring drive, employee Christina Scarbrough commented: “It feels so good to work for a company that recognizes doing good in the world. Thank you and TVH for hosting such an amazing opportunity for us!”

Lack of information or fear are the two most common reasons cited by people who don’t give blood. Comments such as, “I don’t like needles” and “Never thought about it” can be addressed at on-site drives by Red Cross employees, fellow co-workers or company Wellness Ambassadors. A blood drive provides the opportunity to invite, educate and empower on donating blood. Often first time donors join in because of the convenience and support of co-workers.

Looking for a great way to increase employee morale and participation in your wellness program? Consider adding on-site blood drives and acknowledge each donor with a personal Thank You recognizing them as a hero.

If you would like to know more about TVH blood drives and our wellness culture, contact Health and Wellness Coach, Lucy DelSarto at lucy.delsarto@tvh.com.

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