Peanuts, Cracker Jacks & Blood Donations
The office building behind mine used to hold a blood drive every three months or so, and I would take a long lunch and go donate just about every time. They stopped holding them a year or so ago (at least, I stopped hearing about them), and now I don't donate nearly as often. I still get calls from the American Red Cross letting me know about upcoming blood drives, but they are usually a 45-minute drive from where I live. I could probably get online and find other options-but it's rare that I think about it.
The point? To increase the available blood supply, make it easy to donate. The Dow Diamond, in Midland, Michigan, was just renovated to offer a full-service blood donation center within its walls. The Dow Diamond is home of the Great Lakes Loons, a Single-A baseball team of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I love this idea. Put blood donation centers where the people are. People are busy, and unfortunately, "donate blood" isn't something that makes it into most people's agendas if it requires a separate trip. But many people are willing and happy to donate blood, if it's convenient. Blood donation centers in stadiums and arenas, convention centers, and malls could attract people who are already out and about and get them where they already are.
Donating blood should be as much a popular pastime as baseball. I'm eager to see how well the Dow Diamond blood donation center fares this season.