Blood drives at community centers, religious institutions and corporate locations like those held at Medline are essential to help maintain a safe, healthy blood supply. “Medline has had a longtime commitment to our organization, and the amount of lives saved has probably been more than 10,000,” Williams said. “So imagine if Medline didn’t do this.”
Williams also pointed out the practical benefit of an organized group blood drive: “It helps us to plan out our inventory levels to know what we’re going to have on hand. We need to make sure that we’re prepared, and that the units are tested and typed and at the hospital ready for procedures.”
Many people are motivated to give blood after a natural disaster or tragic situation. However, Williams noted, “The blood that they’re donating that day is not saving those folks; it’s the blood that was donated days prior.”
In fact, blood donations are constantly needed for surgical procedures, emergencies, patients getting chemotherapy and people with ongoing health challenges, such as those with sickle cell disease who depend on the community for that blood to be available every month.