Celebrating Mega Donors, Welcoming New Donors to the CBB
Please join us as we celebrate the blood donors who hit major milestone donations in 2018 at the inaugural Donor Appreciation Day. Last year, 109 donors hit 5 gallons of red cells donated, 40 donors hit 10 gallons of red cells donated, 29 donors achieved 15 gallons, 20 gallons of red cells was achieved by 8 people. The CBB is celebrating 2 people hitting 25 gallons of red cells donated, and one loyal donor achieved 30 gallons of red cells donated, which takes more than 30 years to achieve.
We also will be awarding our platelet gallon achievers. The national average for platelet donors per center that donate 20+ times per year is 6. Here at CBB, we have 27! We have some of the most dedicated, amazing donors, and it is our pleasure to honor them in a special day.
This event not only is to honor the dedicated donors, but also to welcome in donors who may be just starting to donate blood or people who are interested in becoming blood donors. Everyone’s invited to come tour the CBB, learn more about the donation process and find out how good saving lives really feels!
Anyone who donates blood during Donor Appreciation Day will receive a free meal voucher, as well as one of our “Summer of 75” t-shirts! Not to mention, it is the final day to be entered to win two kayaks and a $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card when you donate. All guests who attend will have a chance to win the $500 Ultimate Gift Card door prize. We also have a gift basket raffle you can try your luck at winning some great items. There will be music, games, activities, a photo booth and more!
What: Donor Appreciation Day
When: Friday, May 31, 2019 | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Food trucks will be serving food from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Red Cell Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.
Platelet ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
Where: Community Blood Bank of NWPA & WNY | 2646 Peach St. Erie, PA. 16508.
Donor Appreciation Day will also kick off the CBB’s “Summer of 75” initiative. The CBB sees a drop in blood donations by around 30 percent throughout the summer months. A large portion of donors come from the drives we are able to hold at high school and colleges, however, with summer break in schools, we are not able to hold those drives. Additionally, many of our regular donors take vacations or enjoy other summer activities. If we could see 75 donors a day for 75 days, we could avoid a blood shortage this summer. We will be offering special promotions all summer long!
“The summer is an exciting time for our region because it is filled with warm weather, sunshine and activities,” said Community Relations Specialist for the Community Blood Bank Jaclyn Seymour. “However, this also can be a busy time of the year for traumas at the local hospitals. Also, the need for blood is constant with no summer vacation, which is why it is so important blood donors make it a priority to donate year round.”
Community Blood Bank partners with hospitals in Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York to provide blood for patients in need. If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. To learn more or to find a blood drive near you, visit www.fourhearts.org or call 877-842-0631.