Guidelines for Hosting a Fun and Successful Blood Drive:
To have the most fun and success hosting a blood drive, form an enthusiastic committee. As the team's leader, here are some guidelines for making the most of your philanthropic efforts.
- Talk with your LifeShare donor recruitment specialist about what he or she can do to help you succeed. They have lots of experience and will be eager to brainstorm with you to create the best possible life-saving outcome at your blood drive.
- If your blood drive committee is representative of the different departments in your organization, you instantly have people that know the routines, schedules and work habits of the people you are hoping to recruit to donate blood. Solicit their advice on when best to host the drive for maximum participation.
- Many people don't understand the need to give blood is real and constant. Often all you have to do is ask a person. This may sound simple, but it is a concept that will make your drive incredibly successful if you implement it. Many people will hang posters and send out fliers about the blood drive but that alone will not convince people to donate blood. They need to be specifically approached so they understand how important their decision could be. At LifeShare, every single gift of blood can be used to save or sustain four lives in the donor's very community.
- While about 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate, less than 10 percent does. So, many of the folks you will approach have never given blood before. The primary barrier to donation is fear of the needle. Once first-time donors realize the only sensation is a tiny initial pinch, they become eager future donors.
- Encourage good-natured competition. In many organizations, competition among departments or membership committees is ongoing. Who can raise the most money, have the best attendance, etc. The same spirit can help make your blood drive a success. Come up with a silly or serious award for the group that donates the most blood based on a percentage.
- Talk to people and find out if they or anyone they know has needed a blood or component transfusion. Since 97 percent of us will need a transfusion by the age of 72, chances are good they will have some familiarity with a recipient. Encourage them to be part of your committee to help spread the word about the importance donated blood has meant in your life or a loved one's longevity.
- Think of novel themes or creative tie-ins that will cause a buzz and get people in your organization talking about the fun and exciting drive you are planning. Your LifeShare recruitment specialist will always make time to think-tank with you!
- Contact your donor recruitment specialist for support early and often.