'100 Days of Summer' Campaign aims to support blood supply for local hospitals

Community Blood Services of Illinois (CBSI), exclusive provider of blood and blood components to hospitals in Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Effingham, and Mattoon, is urging blood donors to help ensure the blood supply remains stable during the summer months.

To thank those who come to CBSI Donor Centers to give blood during the “100 Days of Summer,” Community Blood Services will provide all presenting donors with a voucher that can be redeemed for a $5 Amazon or Subway gift card (June 4 – Sept. 16 at Donor Centers; July 2 – August 12 on mobile blood drives).

To schedule an appointment to give blood at the CBSI Donor Center or at a mobile blood drive, call (866) GIVEBLD, find blood drive information online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or schedule via the Blood Center IMPACT app, available on iTunes or Google Play (see www.bloodcenter.org/app for info).

Blood components are in constant use year-round, but the rate of blood donation decreases during the summer months.

The end of the school year means the Blood Center’s schedule of high school and college blood is greatly reduced and the recent holiday weekend meant reduced activity at CBSI Donor Centers and mobile blood drives, leading to a loss of about 800 donations over the Blood Center’s full service region.

“This summer, every day, every donor and every donation counts,” says Amanda Hess, Director, Donor Relations.

“That’s because every unit of blood we can provide for the hospitals we serve really counts for patients who may need a lifesaving blood transfusion. We’re asking donors to step forward over the next 100 days and help make sure the blood supply for local hospitals keeps ahead of patient needs.”

“Save Our Summer” donor promotions:

• June 4 - September 16, Donor Centers: Vouchers for $5 Amazon or Subway gift cards. Vouchers are redeemable for donor’s choice of $5 gift cards from Amazon (eGift Card) or Subway.

• July 2 - August 12, Mobile Blood Drives: Vouchers for $5 Amazon or Subway gift cards. Vouchers are redeemable for donor’s choice of $5 gift cards from Amazon (eGift Card) or Subway.

• Memorial Day through Labor Day, all donors: 2X Points for IMPACT Donor Loyalty Store.

Donations of all blood types are needed, but there is a special need for type O-negative and O-positive whole blood donors, type AB plasma donors and platelet donors.

Type O red blood cells and AB plasma are “universal” blood components, so named because these components can be transfused to patients of all other blood types and are frequently used in emergency settings.

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