To our WNY community and supporters, remember that social distancing does not mean social disengagement. It is critical that you book an appointment to donate blood in the next month, specifically after April 6, 2020. We are taking appointments ONLY. Our team is working to even out appointment slots to ensure our staff and donors are safe AND the blood supply is stable well into April.
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.
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.
Kristen's story is different compared to the ones we normally share. She's never donated blood. But she's received it; a lot of it.
"I am the recipient of 26+ units of blood that saved my life and without it I wouldn't be here," Kristen explained. "I developed DIC after I had an emergency c-section at 29.5 weeks pregnant with twins. I had 2 additional surgeries and I spent a week in critical condition where I received blood and platelet donations. The hospital actually ran out of blood and more had to be brought in."
Kristen said that she never donated blood before needing it because she always thought that someone else would do it.
"I was always scared to donate and thought someone else would donate and I didn't need to. I see it a lot different now," Kristen said. "If those people wouldn't have donated, I wouldn't be here. I know my story is different, but I am passionate about spreading the word of blood donations!"
Kristen can't donate because of low platelets, but she encourages everyone that can donate to give.
"You will never know where your blood goes, but I want you to think of the recipient, the mother, the wife, the daughter, the sister, the friend, the woman whose life you could drastically change. You may never know her, but I can promise, she thinks of you daily and thanks the universe you decided to donate."
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