Blood banks collect blood from healthy donors and store it until it is needed for medical emergencies. Donated blood can save lives, helping sick and injured people recover as soon as possible. Donors can walk into a blood bank to give blood at any time, but people are more likely to donate blood when it's made as easy as possible. You can encourage people at your college, office, or event to donate blood by hosting a blood drive. Here are four reasons to host a mobile blood drive:
1. Remove barriers to blood donation
Many people will donate blood if given the opportunity, but they may not drive down to a blood bank for a number of reasons. Some people are simply too busy with other commitments they cannot avoid. Others may be unsure how to get to a local blood bank. Hosting a blood drive removes one of the most significant barriers to blood donation. When it's as easy as walking into a mobile blood donation facility, many people will be happy to make a donation.
2. Improve health and wellness in your area
Communities are one of the backbones of modern society. Communities of people that look out for one another and care for each other can thrive. Mobile blood drives are a way to immediately benefit your community. All the blood collected during a blood drive will be used to help the people who need it the most. Donating blood can save lives and prevent catastrophic bodily damage. Hosting a blood drive can be just as impactful as distributing food or collecting money for your neighborhood.
3. Allow people to give back to their communities
Hosting a blood drive is doing a service for the members of your organization. Engaging in acts of charity can improve people's self-esteem and increase their happiness. Most people want to serve their communities, but they might not know how to. Hosting a blood drive gives people an opportunity to give back to their communities.
4. Engage members of the community
Blood drives can also be excellent outreach events that raise awareness for your business or organization. You can advertise the blood drive you host and open it to public participation. When people arrive to donate blood, you can teach them about your organization. Some people may become interested in the work you do outside of the blood drive organization and decide to get involved.