The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) to help drive home the importance of blood and blood component donation. With the launch of the B2B Blood Donation Challenge, we invite member businesses to a friendly competition to encourage employees to donate this summer.
We encourage Chamber members to host drives that aim to reach 20 percent participation among employees. Organizations that reach and/or exceed the 20 percent goal by the end of the summer will get bragging rights, as well as a plaque from South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. They also will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. Businesses that participate also will significantly improve this summer’s blood supply.
“Summer always is an especially tough time for blood donations because students are out of school and people are on vacation,” said Elizabeth Waltman, COO of STBTC. “But this summer is starting out especially challenging. Not only are we contending with the threat of the Zika virus, but there has been extraordinary usage of blood recently because of an increase in trauma and organ transplants.”
The decline in blood donations is part of a national trend, with donations at a 30-year low across the United States. STBTC alone has seen a 21 percent drop in donations since 2012.
Waltman added the blood supply also affects our military community. “STBTC supplies blood to our military facilities in certain circumstances,” Waltman said. “The stability of the blood supply is far-reaching in our community.”
“Our goal is to have our members make a dent in any blood shortage this summer.”
The B2B Blood Donation Challenge will be using the hashtag #B2BChallengeSA during the campaign to spotlight participating businesses on social media.
“Our goal is to have our members make a dent in any blood shortage this summer. We all should be interested in supporting public health in our city,” said Richard Perez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
If you’d like to participate in the B2B Blood Donation Challenge be sure to sign-up here and once you have your drive scheduled, access our free social media tools to help promote the event on your social media channels! The challenge ends on Labor Day, so don't miss out!