“There’s a hero in all of us,” said Steve Thomas, Donor Recruitment Director of United Blood Services, this area’s non-profit community blood service provider. “Ordinary people are saving lives every day. They do it while they are on lunch break or while they are running errands. They have found the hero in themselves by donating blood.
“We asked a donor, a young man, why he gives so consistently three or four times a year,” Thomas said. “He said, ‘It feels so good to save someone’s life. Why would you do it just once?’ ”
Thomas said many of the real-life donors featured in their Hero campaign began donating because they knew of someone who needed blood. They continue to donate because it makes them feel terrific — heroic, even. It’s that kind of persistent, frequent giving that assures a safe, dependable community blood supply every day.
To encourage the habit of donating blood, United Blood Services is declaring May as their “Heroes Needed” month. This is a special month when all mobile blood donors will receive a chance to win a $500 gift card. All Community Center Donors will receive a pint of super premium ice cream compliments of Model Dairy. Both mobile and Community Center Donors will receive a free cholesterol test and points in United Blood Services’ popular “Hero in Me” donor loyalty program where points can be redeemed for movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates and other cool prizes.
Potential donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood by going online at www.BloodHero.com or by calling 324-6454 to schedule an appointment at one of their three convenient Community Donation Centers in Reno, Sparks or Carson City or for any mobile blood drive throughout northern Nevada.
“Find the hero in you by donating blood three times during 2013,” said Lisa Rogers who is the Donor Recruitment Supervisor for all Community Donation Centers. “You can help to save a life by donating blood today.”
“We hope everyone will consider becoming a blood donor if they are not now coming in to donate,” Rogers said. “Blood donations are essential for our community’s hospital patients and other critically ill people in our community.”