Date(s) - June 06, 2017 - September 04, 2017
Greater SA Chamber of Commerce Teams Up with South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
for the B2B Blood Drive Challenge
Business community addressing the dangerous drop of blood donations during the summer
SAN ANTONIO – Blood centers traditionally see a dangerous drop of blood donations during the summer that can affect patients across the region. Nationally, summer is a struggle for community blood centers as high schools are out and many frequent donors are on vacation.
This is why the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of local nonprofit BioBridge Global, to help drive home the importance of blood donation. The Chamber has launched the B2B Blood Drive Challenge campaign, inviting its member businesses to a friendly competition to encourage employees to donate this summer. The Chamber will urge its members to host drives and aim to reach 20 percent participation by their employees.
“One of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 priorities is community wellness, and ensuring that we have an adequate blood supply is a huge component of this effort,” said Rad Weaver, 2017 Chamber Chairman and CEO of McCombs Partners. “It is important for our business community to come together to help STBTC by scheduling a blood drive and encouraging their employees to donate blood. An adequate blood supply gives people across the city access to treatments and keeps our workforce healthy, and it is especially important as we seek to support and grow San Antonio’s medical sector.”
The B2B Blood Drive Challenge campaign runs through Labor Day, Sept. 4, to make it easy for businesses to provide additional support to the community through a fun competition that’s engaging for organizations and their employees. Winners will be recognized in community ads and at a Chamber event this fall. Employee donors at winning organizations can win prizes as well. Businesses accepting the challenge could significantly boost this summer’s blood supply.
Declining blood collections is a national trend, with donations at a 30-year low across the United States. STBTC alone has seen a 13 percent drop in donations since 2012.
The Chamber is encouraging its member businesses to schedule blood drives with STBTC during the summer and encourage 20 percent participation of employees at those drives.
Companies can sign up for the challenge, which runs through Labor Day, September 4, and monitor results on a digital leaderboard by going to www.b2bchallenge.org The Chamber and STBTC will be using the hashtag #B2BChallengeSA and encourage participating companies to do so as well during the campaign to spotlight participating businesses on social media.