Blood donations tend to decrease during the summer months.
The decrease is primarily due to summer vacations and other seasonal activities that make it harder for people to find time to donate. Because the number of blood donors fluctuates this time of the year, it is imperative that individuals donate when eligible in order to ensure life-saving blood is available for area hospital patients when it is needed.
David Graham, vice president of donor and hospital services for Community Blood Center expressed his appreciation for the leadership hosting the blood drive.
“Our organization provides blood to 70 hospitals in Kansas and Missouri. We have a daily goal to collect 580 units of blood and blood components to meet the needs of area hospitals and their patients. The people from the city of Lee’s Summit and the Chamber (of Commerce) are phenomenal; they came to us and wanted to host a blood drive because they truly understand the importance of being a community partner in so many ways. We hope the citizens from Lee’s Summit will come out and support this blood drive by sharing their gift of life with a simple blood donation.”
That sense of communal caring and leadership has resulted in the city of Lee’s Summit and the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce partnering with CBC to host “Caring Is in Our Blood,” a community-wide blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Aug. 5 on the Plaza of Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green Street.
Graham also stated that the blood collected at the event helps local patients.
“The greatest thing about this drive is that the blood collected that day will be used to supply local hospitals, including those in Lee’s Summit, to help save lives,” he said.
The requirements to donate blood are few. You must be in good health, weigh a minimum of 115 pounds and be at least 16 years of age. Drink plenty of fluids and eat a good meal prior to your donation, which will take less than an hour. CBC has a check-list of the requirements on their website to verify your eligibility to donate blood.
To participate in the blood drive, please visit esavealifenow.org and enter the code “cityleessummit” to sign-up.
As an added bonus, Paradise Park, the Missouri Mavericks hockey team and Waldo Pizza will have special giveaways for event attendees. Those registering to donate blood will receive a Kansas Speedway voucher (while supplies last) good for two free tickets to either the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series race Aug. 17 or the NASCAR Qualifying and Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series Oct. 4 at the race track in Kansas City, Kan.
Also, all registered donors can be entered into the CBC Disneyworld family adventure contest. A second entry into the Disney contest can be obtained by scheduling a donation appointment prior to the blood drive at www.esavealifenow.org.
The Wolf, country radio station (106.5 FM), featuring radio personality and Lee’s Summit resident Codie Allen will be broadcasting live from the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event will be held rain or shine.
For more information, contact the city of Lee’s Summit at 816- 969-1000 or the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce at 816-524-2424.