Mini-health fair, two blood mobiles scheduled
PROSPER (August 13, 2015) Seeking to become the highest one-day contributor for a community of its size in the state, several Prosper organizations are again combining efforts in presenting a community blood drive, says Leslie Scott, Prosper Librarian. The blood drive was originally sponsored solely by the Prosper Chamber of Commerce, and for three years the Chamber has been holding two drives a year.
“Next month’s effort will be our second combined blood drive, and we’re shooting for first place,” she said. “We tied for first place during our May drive, so now we’re aiming for sole possession of the top spot.”
Carter Blood Care, the blood bank that partners with the drive organizers, reported that last May’s 39 pints collected during that four-hour drive tied the highest number of blood units collected for a community the size of Prosper.
The next drive is set for Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the American Bank of Texas, 100 N. Preston Road.
The May 2015 drive marked the initial multi-organization effort. In addition to the Prosper Community Library, the Town of Prosper, the Prosper Economic Development Corporation, the Prosper Chamber of Commerce, the Prosper Rotary Club and the Prosper Lions Club will join in promoting the drive.
Each organization is pledging to ask its members to consider donating a pint, and to invite friends, neighbors and relatives to do so as well. Chamber officials have set a goal of 45 pints. To accommodate the anticipated additional donors, Carter Blood Care is planning to arrive with two blood mobile collection units, lowering the wait time for donors.
In addition, the Chamber is inviting its medically-oriented members to set up booths in the parking area of the bank and participate in a mini-health fair. Attendees will be able to visit with these providers and gather health-related information as well as find out about each providers’ services. Moreover, library staff will be hosting an on-site health-focused craft program for kids during the drive, serving as an activity area for children while parents donate.
“We’re hopeful that we can attract a large crowd not only for donations, but also for the health fair,” said Scott.
Donors are encouraged to sign up online ahead of time to donate at https://ww2.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/64647. Walk-ins are also accepted.