The American Red Cross estimates that approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day to serve medical needs across the United States, but the current blood supply is well short of that demand. In support of fulfilling this need, BAPS Charities held its annual blood donation drive in Chicago, IL on May 6, 2018. Over 187 participants donated 124 pints of blood during the event.
Building on years of experience in conducting large-scale comprehensive Health Fairs and Blood Donation Drives, BAPS Charities’ volunteers organized the effort in conjunction with partnering local medical organizations. Blood donation guidelines and statistics were provided to potential donors to increase awareness of the critical need for various forms of blood components and its impact.
U.S. Representative Peter Roskam, (IL-06), attended the event. He was overjoyed by seeing so many individuals who took part in donating blood. Representative Roskam said, “It’s just an incredibly impressive thing to see so many people, through BAPS (Charities) leadership, to come together to help others.”
The American Red Cross estimates that one pint of blood can help save three lives. The over 40 BAPS Charities blood donation drives held across the United States aimed to assist in that valuable endeavor. BAPS Charities continues its decades-long efforts in helping to save lives through health education, no-cost medical fairs, and blood donation drives.