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.
Kelly Luo is a great advocate for donating blood. She not only donates blood, but wants to help others understand the importance of donating and that it’s really not as scary as some think. She donates at the University at Buffalo. She chooses to donate because she thinks if someone's life hangs in the balance and there is even a remote chance that her contribution could save their life or alleviate their medical condition, she wants to be able to make that difference.
She says that donating blood is virtually effortless, yet it can make an incredible impact on someone's life. For those who are regular donors, their contribution could touch the lives of so many people, without them even knowing it.
Kelly also wants everyone to know that donating blood is not as scary as it sounds. Every phlebotomist she's encountered has been very welcoming and friendly. If you are feeling uneasy about it, you can choose not to look during the process or at the blood. She helped her younger brother through the uneasy feeling that he would get when it came to blood and needles. After she brought him to his first blood donation, his concerns subsided. The process is easier than you think and food is provided to make sure that after the donation, you will feel good as new!
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