Each winter as part of our Give Good campaign, we partner with a different community organization to double the impact of each blood donation. Patients and their families benefit from blood donations, and others in our community that need support get help, too.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and is often symbolized by the widely recognized pink ribbon. First handed out to survivors at the Susan G. Komen New York City Race for the Cure in 1991, pink ribbons now seem to be everywhere you look during the month of October. They help raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer, while promoting early detection, and helping to raise funds for research.
According to the CDC, breast cancer is the most common form of the disease among American women after skin cancer, affecting more than 200,000 women each year. Stanford Blood Center (SBC) feels deeply connected to the cause, particularly because many breast cancer patients require blood products during treatment. Many cancer treatments cause low blood counts, which can result in life-threatening infection or bleeding; so, SBC works diligently to collect safe blood products for any patient that may need it.
By Kristin Stankus, digital community and social media specialist
This winter, Stanford Blood Center (SBC) partnered with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley (Habitat) for our third annual Give Good Campaign to help blood donations go further during the critical winter months.
If you were one of the 2,048 donors who rolled up your sleeve during the three-week campaign, not only did you contribute blood products to local patients, but you also helped build a new home for a deserving San Jose family. You may have noticed some construction boards for you to sign in the centers, which will actually be built into the home! Construction should begin within the next few months and the family is expected to move in by the holidays.
By Dayna Kerecman Myers
Even if you’re not handy, you can still help a family in need build a home this holiday season … all from the comfort of your SBC donation chair.
Every holiday season, Stanford Blood Center (SBC) looks forward to teaming up with another great non-profit to help save and brighten lives and strengthen the community. For this year’s Give Good campaign, SBC is excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.
Blood donors who take time out of the busy holiday season to donate between Monday, December 21, 2015 and Sunday, January 10, 2016, will have a unique opportunity to double their impact: For each blood donor who visits, SBC will make a donation towards materials needed to help build a San Jose home. Your blood donation will help support patients and their families, while supporting housing for a San Jose family.
Blood donors at our centers (in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Mountain View) or at our special mobile drive on January 6, 2016 can all participate. Donors to our centers will also have a chance to sign construction boards that will be built in to a family’s house. Donors during this time will receive a unique thank you gift: a handy tape measure with level and note pad. Hint: It would fit nicely in a stocking!
Although the Silicon Valley is home to some of the country’s most beautiful and expensive homes, for too many in the area the dream of owning a modest home feels out of reach, but Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley is helping to change that. Habitat for Humanity revitalizes neighborhoods, builds affordable and sustainable housing solutions, and empowers families through successful homeownership. Since 1986, they have partnered with volunteers, the community, and qualified families with limited incomes to strengthen communities in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties. Habitat for Humanity has a vision—a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Learn more at habitatebsv.org.
It’s just the kind of organization SBC had in mind for the Give Good campaign, created to support the needs of patients during the critical winter holiday season. It’s always challenging to ensure we have enough donors, with crowded holiday schedules and vacations. That’s why each winter, we partner with a different community organization to double the impact of each blood donation. It’s the ultimate win-win: Patients and their families will benefit from blood donations, and others in our community that need support will get help, too.
How to Give Good this holiday season:
- Make an appointment online or call 650-723-7831, toll-free 888-723-7831 for a center or mobile blood drive Monday, 12/21/15 – Sunday, 1/10/16.
- If you would like to attend our mobile drive at Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday, January 6, please make an appointment at sbcdonor.org
- Learn more: http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/news/givegood.html
At Stanford Blood Center, we lead the fields of transfusion and transplantation medicine by advancing science and technology. We provide hope for the future by teaching the medical leaders of tomorrow. We enhance lives by connecting donors to patients every day.
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By Kristin Stankus, Digital community and social media specialist
This winter, Stanford Blood Center (SBC) once again partnered with a fantastic local organization as part of our second annual “Give Good” campaign, aimed to help blood donations go further during the critical holiday season.
Give Good is aimed at providing donors the opportunity to support local patients in the community and also help SBC maintain an adequate supply of blood products. Blood centers often struggle during the winter holidays to maintain enough inventory to meet patient needs, due to travels plan, holiday engagements, and the flu, which often cause significant declines in blood donations.
An inspired partnership
We were pleased to partner this year with a terrific organization, BayKids Studios, whose mission is to help children facing long-term hospitalization heal through the power of filmmaking. For two weeks in December, donors were able to become an executive producer of a pediatric patient’s short film by donating blood: for every donor that rolled up his or her sleeve during the campaign, SBC made a donation to fund a patient film.
Success in numbers
We had 1,896 registered donors during the campaign and of those 166 were first time donors. SBC is grateful to our community for their support of the Give Good campaign. Because of our donor’s generosity, SBC was able to continue its mission to save lives and also help children heal sharing their stories through film. Please stay tuned for more news on the BayKids Studios patient films that you helped create, which will be announced on our website and social channels.
As an added bonus, the campaign inspired the creation of a Give Good storytelling book – available in center canteens for you to enjoy- and a website designed to allow our amazing donors, recipients, and staff to share their experiences with blood donation. Please visit sbcstories.org to read their inspiring stories.
Thank you again to everyone who helped us make this campaign a success and allowed us to continue to help save lives during a critical time. See you next year.