Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it’s also the time of year with the highest need of blood and platelet donations, both across the country and especially right here in San Antonio.
On Monday, members of the Chamber team made their way to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Donor Pavilion in response to the weekend attacks in El Paso and Dayton. In addition, the Chamber is doing its part to keep supplies high beyond our own donations. The annual B2B Blood Drive Challenge, a partnership with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, aims to make blood donations a priority for business owners and their employees. In the challenge, members can schedule blood drives for their workplace to donate together. The more employees who donate, the higher the company places on the leaderboard.
Since starting at the top of the summer, the challenge is well under way, but definitely not finished. This is excellent news for companies looking to lead the charge by example, as well as folks who need blood and platelets this summer. It’s not too late to schedule a visit, and the Chamber implores all who are able to donate to make the pledge to do so.
Sometimes it takes an extreme circumstance to remind us why it’s important to do routine acts of kindness for our fellow neighbors. Most adults have the ability to donate a single pint of blood every 8 weeks or platelets once every seven days. But how many of us take the time to visit the collection centers this often? Lives get busy, priorities are assessed, and we simply forget it’s an option — until the unthinkable happens to people we know or individuals within our community.
This summer, pledge to make the business community the champion of blood and platelet donations — not just for this summer but year round. It costs the donator nothing but time, and it could save as many as three lives per donation.