Blood Drives / Donating Blood

Meeting the Need

Recruiting donors to keep an ample supply of blood available for people in the communities we serve is an ongoing effort. The 70 hospitals served by the Community Blood Center require the collection of approximately 3,000 units every week to meet the needs of their patients. Unfortunately, while 60 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, only 5 percent choose to do so.

“Never thought about it” is the main reason 17% of non-donors haven’t donated; with another 15% stating they are “too busy.”

Most of us will need a blood transfusion at some point in our lives. That means that you, your family and your peers will need the support of volunteer blood donors.

How Can You Help?

Approximately 60% of collections come from Blood Drives chaired by volunteers at schools, churches, organizations, and businesses. More than 1,500 chairpersons helped organize these drives last year.

By sponsoring a blood drive at your site, you and your group can help save lives. For more information on how your company, school or organization can sponsor a blood drive, contact Community Blood Center's Donor Recruitment Office at 816.753.4040. Or email Patsy Shipley, Senior Director, Recruitment and Collections.

Other Ways to Help

  1. Write a letter to the editor of your hometown newspaper about why you donate blood.

  2. Recruit others to give blood or bring a friend along next time you donate.

  3. Donate blood more often. If you have been giving only once a year, try to give every other month or six times a year.

  4. Encourage your teenager’s high school or scout troop to sponsor a blood drive.

  5. Organize a blood drive at church, your bowling league or book club.

  6. Invite your relatives to join you in donating blood as a family activity over the holidays or in honor of a special birthday or anniversary.