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Is The Economic Downturn Impacting Your Blood Center?

Has your blood center been affected by the economy? Please share how much your center has been impacted and how your center is dealing with these challenging times. Just send an email to dswift@adrp.org

Economy Turmoil Could

Hurt Blood Banks Published: Greenby Press Gazette

“We haven’t seen a huge drop-off but we might just be getting started in the economic turmoil,” she said.

Businesses host a majority of blood collection drives, so when they reduce workers’ hours and lay off workers to cut costs, blood donations could take a hit.

Approximately 80 percent of blood donations come from company-sponsored drives, so Red Cross officials know that job layoffs might have an effect.

While blood supplies across Wisconsin and in the Green Bay area remain stable, American Red Cross spokeswoman Sarah Steverman noted that things could change.

Blood donations dropped in Janesville because General Motors closed its plant there, Steverman said.

Blood supplies from Northeastern Wisconsin might be needed

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elsewhere, said Michelle Otera, bilingual donor recruitment representative for the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross in Green Bay.

“We’re a nationwide organization, so areas such as Detroit that have been hit harder than Green Bay might need us to be able to help them,” she said.

Otera said officials are paying attention to the economy.

“We’re really trying to encourage people that just because there are tough times, people are still being diagnosed with cancer or are having heart attacks. That blood is still needed. But we’re doing OK right now.”

Blood Donations Hampered

by Economic Downturn Published by The China Post

Officials of the Taiwan Blood Services Foundation urged able- bodied people to join the lines of donors as all six of its blood centers would be facing acute shortages up until the end of March, especially for type O and type A blood.

The current economic recession has dampened people’s willingness to donate blood, and blood donations in the country have actually fallen 40 percent during the recent downturn, said Lin Kuo- shin, chairman of the foundation. One of the major enterprises taking part in the donation drive was the Wang Steak chain restaurants that successfully attracted more than 1,000 people in central Taichung City.

With only four days of blood stocks left at the blood banks, the Tasty Restaurants under the Wang Steak chain held a blood drive aimed at bringing together 1,000

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