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Office Blood Drive
Small Action Category: Community Engagement | Resource Drive

Donating blood is important – most everyone will agree with that. But have you stopped to consider why?

The Red Cross has some interesting facts (here are just a few):
● Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and or platelets.
●Approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the US.
● One donation can help save more than one life.

“The Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components, all from generous volunteer donors. But supply can’t always meet demand because only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly.”

Let me say that again “only 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly.”

You can help contribute to a much-needed, life-saving supply, by hosting an office blood drive to encourage your employees, customers, and followers to donate blood.

Don't forget to consider how you can benefit from this action. Share what, and WHY, you are hosting a blood drive. Ask your employees and customers to share it with others (expanding your business awareness). Offer a discount or special benefit to customers who participate (potentially increasing sales). As a reminder, it's OK to benefit from doing good.

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*It's important to make sure your Small Actions connect to your business to make them effective. Learn more about what it means to be effective in our related blog post.

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