Math = Love: Blood Drive

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Blood Drive

One of the things that has been keeping me busy for the past couple of weeks is getting everything ready for our blood drive at school.  Student Council was volunteered to help run the blood drive, and I'm in charge of Student Council.  So, it's only naturally that I'm now semi-in-charge of the blood drive.

Have I mentioned that I know nothing about coordinating a blood drive?  I've never even donated blood before.  I've always had trouble getting blood drawn, so I've always assumed I would have trouble donating blood.  Seriously, I'm that patient that goes to Urgent Care and leaves with the nickname of Pin Cushion because it takes 2 nurses and 2 doctors to finally draw blood.  It's not a good sign when the doctor says, "Wow!  I've never seen anybody with veins quite like yours before.  I give up.  I'm not poking you again.  Somebody else will have to draw your blood."

Blood Drive
I kind of took over the trophy case with blood drive reminders.  I hung up a poster, a sample of the t-shirt people will get for donating, a poster with QR codes that can be scanned for more information, and a gigantic sign-up sheet. 

Blood Drive Sign Up Information

I'm hoping our turnout is good for this blood drive.  Thanks to our recent snow storm, the Oklahoma Blood Institute had to cancel multiple blood drives.  So, they are relying on our blood drive to have a good turnout in order to hopefully avoid shortages.  

Anyone have any advice to offer a first time blood drive coordinator?  I definitely need it!

4 comments:

  1. Do you encourage teachers to donate as well? Our student council is having their blood drive this Tuesday too. Normally I give but I recently gave at a church and it is too soon. At our school, we let teachers jump the lines. I think that is a good suggestion. Other than that, the Red Cross really does a good job of running it. You are right - it is just getting the people to come.

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    1. I sent out e-mails to all of the faculty, but we only had a couple donate. Letting teachers jump the line is a good idea. I'll have to ask about that next year. Next year, my goal is to start advertising earlier and to advertise more. I'm learning!

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  2. I just now saw your nice comment on my blog post. I too am a student council sponsor who gets to help organize blood drives. We make sure to do morning announcements and post flyers. Students need a parent's signature if they are a certain age. In order to minimize class disruptions, we usually pull students during their elective classes. You could probably have 2 student council members per hour at the blood drive for check-in, passing out shirts, and going to get the donors who have signed up. We have even resorted to texting people their donation times.

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    1. Thanks for the advice! The blood drive went okay, but it could have gone much smoother. I learned a lot this year! I love the idea of texting people the donation times. And, I definitely need to make sure it gets in our morning announcements next year. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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