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Smart, Exotic, Everyday Heroes

by Christina Mihalas, BCP Recruitment Supervisor, Mama of Tilly the Dog

Tickets to the Exotic Erotic Ball?  A Smart Car giveaway?  Special Saw VI prizes?

It’s been an interesting couple of months here in the BCP Recruitment department but hey, we figure interesting is good.  Basically we’re open to anything that’ll help us reach new blood donors.

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You might remember in September, we gave away a Smart Car to one lucky blood donor and this month, we gave tickets to the Exotic Erotic Ball (donated to us by the producers of the Ball) as well as special T-shirts and prizes related to the release of the movie, “Saw VI,” (donated by the movie studio).  Yeah, tickets to a ball where the revelers are in lingerie or swag from a horror flick isn’t the usual giveaway for a blood center but with so few new donors each month (just 10% of everyone who gives), we’re always looking for ways to reach more people.

Yesterday at the Marin Brewing Company Blood Drive they had free meals for donors and this Friday it’s the annual Embarcadero Center Blood Drive and costume extraordinaire.

How about you?  Any creative ideas to reach new donors?

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‘Tis the Season……The Flu Season, that is.

by Angela Woon, Communications Specialist, avid handwasher

OK, I admit it. I’m a germaphobe.

Yes, I wait for someone else to open the restroom door and try to squeeze through while it’s still ever so slightly ajar…even if it means running over that unsuspecting (but god sent!) door-opener. If I really have to open the door, I use a paper towel for the door knob. Hand sanitizer? Yup, got that in my purse. But hey, before you roll your eyes or make a wisecrack, remember, it’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends to protect against the flu…well, sort of.

The CDC encourages everyone to take three steps to fight the flu:

Don't get the flu.  Don't spread the flu. Get Vaccinated.1) Take time to get a flu vaccine: this is important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 and over.
2) Take everyday preventive actions (this is where, all of my above germaphobe actions come into play): avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; wash your hands often with soap and water.
3) Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them: antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that fight against the fly by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body.

As with any flu season, keeping up the blood supply is vital in our community. In the Bay Area, it takes 500 pints of blood every day to keep up with the needs of patients in the more than 40 hospitals we serve!

During winter months, BCP, like all blood centers, feels the awful pinch. People are often too busy to donate blood, or they might be feeling under-the-weather. So we encourage donors who are feeling healthy to make the time to donate once more before the end of the year.

And in case you’re wondering, if you’ve received a flu shot, or if you plan on receiving the H1N1 vaccine, that won’t impact your ability to donate blood. In fact, no wait time is required. You can receive the shot and donate blood the same day. But if you have flu symptoms, don’t donate blood until you are 100 percent recovered.

‘Tis the season of giving - get the flu shot to help yourself, donate blood to help others, and oh yes, also please remember to keep the door open for that person behind you.

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