ConnectLife has seen a tremendous response from our WNY community after our call for blood donors, but our work is not over. Collecting blood is a marathon, not a sprint. Blood donors are needed to consistently give now and in the future.
Remember the words of the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams: "Social distancing does not mean social disengagement."
We will be taking appointments ONLY, for the foreseeable future. Even if you can't find an appointment right now - local patients at WNY hospitals will still need you in the coming weeks. Click here to schedule your appointment to donate blood – appointments available throughout April and May.
Important Update: ConnectLife's Eastern Hills Blood Donation Center is moving to ConnectLife headquarters - effective immediately. We are continuing to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19. Information and resources on COVID-19, blood donation, and social distancing can be found here.
Hannah Wiater of Batavia, NY has been donating with Unyts since attending Alexander Central High School in Alexander, NY. She continues to donate whenever she drives through Buffalo and has the opportunity to donate. As a nursing student, she knows how important it is to give blood – especially as the need increases during the holiday season.
Hannah says, “Seeing blood transfusions in the hospital setting and seeing how important it is first hand makes it even more real how blood donation can save a life. I've had the opportunity to see blood typing in a lab, and all the steps that go into checking the compatibility of the donor and recipient. I always keep in mind that I would hope that someone would donate if I, a loved one, or my patient was in need.”
For Hannah, the best part about donating blood is the satisfaction of knowing she helped someone who is going through a tough time. Being able to help improve their health and lift their spirits is the next best thing to being able to help them directly as a nurse.
Think you’re too busy to donate? Hannah urges you to think otherwise. “In an instant your life can be turned upside down and either you or a loved one could be in need of a blood transfusion. I want people to realize that without donors taking some time out of their day every once in awhile, there would [be no blood available] to help impact the lives of others.”
Interested in saving lives through blood donation? Learn more about the process or head over to Donor For Life and make an appointment!
4444 Bryant and Stratton Way
Williamsville, NY 14221