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people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, according to restaurant executive Chen Li-teng.

To encourage more people to pitch in, the restaurant provided giveaways, Cheng said. Each of the first 1,000 blood donors was given a meal voucher and a coupon giving a dinner party of four a 10 percent discount.

cancellation or reduced attendance at scheduled blood drives.”

The currently suffering economy has also impacted donation levels with many traditional donor groups canceling, downsizing or postponing their blood drives to another time of year. Additionally, with 15 percent of regional blood collection coming from high schools and colleges, winter recess contributes substantially to the current shortfall.

Each of the foundation’s blood donation vehicles have been collecting an average of less than 60 bags of blood per day in recent months, compared to the 100 bags per day averaged last year, according to Lin.

Because of the smaller amounts collected in recent weeks, the foundation’s chairman said it only had about four days’ worth of supplies, short of the standard seven-day safety reserve.

Blood Donations Needed Published by New Jersey Toms River Times

New Jersey Blood Services, NJBS, a division of New York Blood Center, has issued an appeal for blood donations.

Hospital demand for blood, needed for emergency care and surgery, has increased beyond seasonal expectations while levels of blood donation have been below forecast.

Indiana Blood Center Cites

Economy in Cutting 32 Jobs Published by Associated Press Indianpolis

The Indiana Blood Center is eliminating 32 positions, saying it needs to trim operating costs and keep the organization financially healthy.

The nonprofit organization said Friday that the cuts represent 6.5 percent of its work force and are effective immediately.

The center’s president and CEO, Byron Buhner, says rising costs and decreasing blood usage prompted the cuts. The positions eliminated include two executive positions and entry-level jobs.

Buhner says the organization’s first priority is to maintain a continuous and safe blood supply. He says staff cuts won’t affect the center’s service to more than 60

hospitals across the state.

“Traditionally, donations decline during the holiday season and increased collections are needed to replenish blood supplies,” said NJBS Executive Director Chuck Grossenbacher. “At the same time, bad winter weather may lead to the

Layoffs Take Big Bite Out of Blood Donations

Published by MSNBC Local Tampa Bay Online

Cash isn’t the only thing drying up in this economy. The historically steady flow of blood to the Tampa Bay area’s primary blood bank is

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dwindling, the victim of layoffs at a number of major local companies. Some companies have seen donations drop 10 to 20 percent; others have canceled bloodmobile visits altogether.

As a result, Florida Blood Services is struggling to fill a 1,000-unit-a-day demand from the 37 local hospitals it serves.

An estimated 80 percent of the roughly 110,000 people who donate to Florida Blood Services every year do so at bloodmobiles or locations other than free-standing blood center facilities, said Dan Eberts, the center’s communications manager. Corporate drives – which take place at businesses large and small – have seen their average collections drop from 19 to 12 units over the past year.

Once-reliable bloodmobile visits to about 25 companies every weekday are finding fewer workers present to donate units that become red blood cells, platelets and plasma.

“We find ourselves having to scramble more to meet previous projections because of last-minute calls saying there have been layoffs or whatever,” said J.B. Gaskins, Florida Blood Services’ vice president of marketing.

Employers such as JPMorgan Chase, Coca-Cola, and Franklin Templeton have seen significant decreases in blood donation following layoffs, according to blood bank data. For example, a Home Depot call center in Brandon that brought in 22 units last April saw its donations drop and drives canceled following the layoff of 750 employees.

Those companies are among hundreds that eliminated 34,340

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