Workplace Blood Drives Help Donor Hit 2 Gallons

by Claire DeRoin

Kelly Wies is working toward her three gallon milestone, and she knows that will probably happen while she’s at work. A busy woman, she appreciates the ease of fitting a lifesaving blood donation appointment in to her work schedule.

“My blood type is very rare so I want to be able to help whoever I can.”

Rare indeed! Only 1% of the American population shares Kelly’s blood type. An AB- donor, she started donating in 2008 when the bloodmobile came to her office. When she switched jobs, she was pleased to find LifeServe also held blood drives with her new employer!

Business blood drives are just one of the options LifeServe makes available to communities. Whether it’s a blood drive in a conference room or a bloodmobile outside the building, LifeServe strives to make it easy for groups to get involved and host a blood drive on site. Some organizations even offer PTO as a reward to employees who roll up a sleeve!

“It’s very convenient,” Kelly said. “I know I need to be able to make it convenient to do it.”

That’s a common sentiment among LifeServers.  Life is busy and time is limited. Fortunately, the entire process from start to finish only takes about an hour for a whole blood donation.

“It doesn’t take very long. I like to have a competition with somebody in the room to see who can be done first,” Kelly said with a grin. “It doesn’t take very long at all. It’s very easy.”