According to the FDA, every two seconds a patient somewhere requires blood. Sadly, COVID-19 has brought blood donations to a screeching halt, shutting down blood drives and keeping regular donors at home. Now, more than ever, the need is high.
At Nuvision, we are always looking for ways to help our community. During the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve helped keep 14 restaurants stay in business, provide medical workers with meals, and stock food pantries for those in need. Now, we’re hosting blood drives across each of the regions we serve to help our community stay healthy.
Why donate blood?
Blood donations help people with a variety of medical problems, from emergency trauma cases to surgery and cancer patients. It’s estimated that 4.5 million Americans need blood transfusions each year. Without blood donors, these patients wouldn’t have access to life-saving treatment.
It only takes a few people to step up and give to make a huge difference. If you’re on the fence about donating, here are a few reasons you should:
- It’s quick and convenient. – The entire process only takes an hour—a small price to pay to give the gift of life. Not only is it quick, but appointments can also be scheduled ahead of time.
- One person’s donation can save up to four lives. – Blood donations can be separated into four parts: plasma, platelets, red cells, and whole blood. Each part can be used to treat a different kind of illness or injury.
- Less than 10% of the population eligible to give blood does. – With so few donors, there is always a need.
- It’s beneficial to your own health. - Regularly donating blood has been known to reduce harmful iron stores, decrease the risk of cancer, and increase cardiovascular health.
You can help save lives in our community. Register to join our Blood Drive today!
Donating is safe and easy. If you’re a healthy individual over 16 years of age and weighing at least 110 lbs, you are eligible. All you have to do is register online to reserve your appointment time. When you show up, be sure to bring a photo ID. All blood donations will also be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
Southern California Blood Drive
If you’re in Southern California, we invite you to join us from 9 AM to 3 PM on Wednesday, September 9th for a blood drive we’re co-hosting with Refuge Church. It will be held at Refuge Calvary Church on 7800 Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach. You can schedule your appointment online at www.RedCrossBlood.org with sponsor code NuvisionHB, or by contacting Laura at the Red Cross by email at [email protected] or by phone at 949.439.0551.
As a thank you, the Huntington Beach Firefighter Association will also be offering free BBQ burgers and cold drinks to blood donors from 11 AM- 2 PM. To find out more about the event, you can visit the webpage here.
Alaska Blood Drive
If you’re in Alaska, please join us from 8 AM – 2 PM on Friday, September 11th. We’re partnering with Blood Bank of Alaska to host blood drives at the Anchorage Main Financial Center and donation centers in Wasilla, Juneau, and Fairbanks. Donors can contact Matt Skaggs ([email protected]) to register for the event.
Cheyenne, WY Blood Drive
For members in Cheyenne, a blood drive will be hosted in the coming months. In the meantime, check out everything else that we’re doing in the community on Facebook, like our current initiative to share first responder hero stories.