LifeSource announced several summer programs that will reward donors with amusement park tickets, limited edition T-shirts and generate donations for a local nonprofit that provides care packages to our military men and women serving overseas.
Beginning Friday, June 15 and running through the end of the month, all participating donors who visit any of the area's 17 LifeSource Community Donor Centers and mention the words "Santa's Village" will receive a voucher for a buy one, get one free entry ticket to the East Dundee Azoosment Park.
In addition, all participating donors who visit at any community donor center, fixed sight, or select mobile drive between June 28 through July 7 will receive a limited edition LifeSource patriotic T-shirt, while supplies last.
During this period, LifeSource also will make a donation on behalf of each donor to Operation Support Our Troops, a Naperville-based nonprofit organization supporting the morale and well-being of American troops and veterans.
"Patients, their families and the hospitals in the Chicago area that LifeSource serves depend on us to deliver on our promise to provide a safe and ample blood supply," said Eva Quinley, regional executive director of LifeSource. "The decline in blood donation numbers is a repeating theme each summer. We need donors to give blood now to help reverse the decline. It only takes about an hour to save up to three lives by giving blood."
The blood donation process takes about an hour and is both safe and comfortable.
Donors must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years of age with parental consent).
While walk-ins are always welcome, LifeSource strongly encourages both first-time donors and existing donors of all blood types to visit LifeSource.org or call (877) 543-3768 to schedule an appointment.
In preparation for their donation, donors are asked to eat well, stay hydrated and arrive with proper identification. Proper ID is required to donate blood. A LifeSource or military ID, driver's license or employee badge with a picture and full name are all approved forms of ID. A birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor's full name also will be accepted.
More than four and a half million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada, with 43,000 pints being used each and every day.
Additionally, someone needs blood every two seconds, and while only on 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10 percent do so annually