Like many others, the Lane Blood Center is relieved to see the snow melting. They say anytime we’re hit with severe weather, they lose a lot of donations.
“Of course, it always has to happen during the time of year when we already having a tough time getting enough donations,” said Kristi McElhinney, Marketing Specialist at Lane Blood Center.
They always see a downturn in donations this time of year because of busy holiday schedules. So this past week was supposed to be a big week for blood drives to prepare for a tough season. But because of the icy roads, hundreds of people canceled their appointments.
“If we don’t see a good turnaround in the next week, we will definitely see a shortage,” McElhinney said.
Many blood drives were also canceled, including a major drive at Sheldon High School. Now it’s time to play catch up.
“We were actually able to add a last minute blood drive,” McElhinney said.
The center is in the middle of their “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” campaign sponsored by Hop Valley Brewing Company, so the brewery stepped up and scheduled an extra drive for the weekend.
“From 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, you can go to the Hop Valley Tasting Room on West First (Avenue), and there will be a blood drive pint special as well,” McElhinney said.
And as an added bonus, for those who choose to donate between now and Jan. 14, you’ll actually receive a free Hop Valley pint glass and free drink voucher.
The blood mobile will also be parked at Willamalane on 32nd Street in Springfield on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The Lane Blood Center is hoping now that the roads are returning to normal. People will take time to roll up their sleeves in an act that shows the true spirit of giving.
“It’s so easy. First-timers are always welcome. And it takes less than an hour of your time. And you get to leave with the wonderful feeling that you saved three lives today,” McElhinney said.