Giving! It seems to be a familiar theme here at PCH. The Prize Patrol is always giving away money… and during our recent blood drive, PCH employees got a chance to give back to the community, too. In fact, well over 100 PCHers pledged to roll up their sleeves and save lives by donating!
“We’re very excited to have a record number of employees volunteer to be blood donors,” said Darlene F., who has organized the blood drive here at PCH for many years. “Most companies have an average of 10% of their workforce volunteer, but PCHers are such compassionate and wonderful people that we go way and above … with nearly 25% of our workforce participating. That’s HUGE!”
And it was huge! On the day of the blood drive, all sorts of equipment were brought in to transform our sizable cafeteria into a PCH blood center! But, the preparation began long before they arrived on the scene. For weeks, team captains (including Danielle Lam of the Prize Patrol) had been working behind the scenes getting their departments mobilized and ready to make a difference.
Watch a video from Danielle and fellow team captain Bryan below:
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Well everyone’s efforts really paid off! Tons of PCH employees came out to give back to the community. Here’s Matt S. giving me a thumbs up! “The blood drive absolutely made my day,” he exclaimed. “There’s no better feeling than knowing I’ve made a positive difference in the lives of others.“
Then I caught up with fellow blogger Matt K., as he was enjoying a post-donation snack. “As a universal donor, I love to give as often as I can. Of course, the tasty treats afterwards don’t hurt either,” Matt quipped.
Here’s some of the gang from my department showing off their multi-colored “badges of honor”! I think they look like super heroes! But, actually, they’re even better than super heroes, because they just did something that will save lives ― for real!
How about you? Are you interested in donating? Here are some interesting facts from the American Red Cross.
• Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
• More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day.
• A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
• The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his or her body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
It’s true that not everyone is able to give blood. But for those who can, it’s a worthwhile endeavor and great way to make a difference.
P.S. How do you like to give back to the community? Comment below and let us know!