Redlands Noon Rotary Club partners with LifeStream Blood Bank; month-long virtual blood drive in March

Redlands Noon Rotary Club partners with LifeStream Blood Bank; month-long virtual blood drive in March

The Redlands Noon Rotary Club is excited to collaborate with LifeStream Blood Bank in our month-long virtual blood drive for March. By spreading out this challenge over the course of March, we hope to make it fun (and easy) to participate! 

We brainstormed alongside Nika Hogue with Time for Change Foundation for various service opportunity ideas and decided on a virtual blood drive in competition with other Inland Empire Rotary Clubs — as it was both feasible and helpfed others. We also wanted to engage our fellow Inland Empire clubs to participate to maximize the effort (plus, a little competition never hurts).

Nika has been gracious enough to help in the initial outreach to surrounding clubs in the community. With her help, we’ve already garnered participation from 11 clubs in addition to our Redlands Noon Rotary Club! 

What to Expect: Safety, Donation Options, Appointments, and More 

LifeStream has worked with other organizations on virtual blood drives and has protocols in place to ensure the safety of staff and donors:

  • Donors must be at least 15 years of age (15- and 16-year-olds require signed parental consent; forms are at all blood drive locations); weigh at least 115 pounds, and feel well. Donors should maintain their regular meal schedules and increase their fluid intake (water is best) in the 48 hours prior to donating.
  • Donors (LifeStream staff, too) are required to wear face coverings, and submit to temperature checks and verbal COVID-19 symptoms checks before accessing donor waiting areas. LifeStream enforces 6’ social distancing guidelines and has enhanced already strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • Pre-screening processes have been implemented before donors walk into a donation center or mobile drive. Temperature checks are included in this process.
  • A limited number of people are permitted in the donor centers and mobile drives. Chairs are spaced 6 feet apart in both waiting and donating areas.
  • Staff is screened every day for COVID-19 related symptoms and temperature checked before they start work.

 

How to make an appointment 

Set an appointment and donate blood March 1-31 at any LifeStream location at LStream.org/rotary/ and give the code ORNO at registration so your good deed is credited to our club!

There are 8 donation sites, but you can also search via zip code for mobile donation centers which I have found provide even closer locations to donate. LifeStream will also award a permanent memento to the club with the most participation! 

For those who aren’t able to donate blood, you still can support LifeStream and local patients by making a small contribution to LifeStream’s 2 for 2 Community Campaign. Donations can be made by check or debit/credit card. Checks should be made payable to “LifeStream Blood Bank” (note “2 for 2” in the memo section) and forwarded to our treasurer. 

Monies raised from this campaign will help LifeStream replace two old bloodmobiles and ensure they continue “going to the donor” in full force. (Your contribution may be tax deductible under the extended CARES Act provisions. Check with your tax adviser.) For more information, go to LStream.org/newbus. 

If you still have unanswered questions, let me or Nika know and we’ll track down some answers! 

And be sure to check out https://www.lstream.org/rotary/ for more details specifically with our challenge. Thank you for your participation! We may still be navigating the difficulties of coming out of this pandemic, but that won’t stop us from providing for our communities.

 

Chris Alvarez
Redlands Noon Rotary Club Community Service Chair

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