City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler today thanked Lincoln blood donors for responding to a shortage of blood earlier this month. The Community Blood Bank (CBB) issued a critical appeal July 12 after unexpected needs brought the supply of available blood to emergency levels.
"The Blood Bank saw nearly 300 new donors as a result of the appeal," said Mayor Chris Beutler. "Another 500 people who had not given blood in some time came back to donate. This is another example of the caring community spirit in Lincoln. I hope this emergency points out that blood is needed every day. It is vitally important that those of us who can donate blood do so on a regular basis." Mayor Beutler followed his news conference remarks by donating blood and inviting members of the media to join him.
CEO Phyllis Ericson said the CBB normally has a seven- to ten-day supply of blood, but a combination of needs in early July dropped the supply to "dangerous" levels. Blood banks normally experience a shortage of donors in the summer, so no other facility had blood to share. "Blood is a very fragile resource," said Ericson. "Because the need is unpredictable, we need to keep an inventory of 1,000 units, but even that can be depleted in a short amount of time."
"About two-thirds of us will need a blood transfusion by age 75, yet only one in 20 of us is a donor," said Beutler. "Donating blood is easy, it’s safe and it really does safe lives."
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 115 pounds or more, be in general good health and provide photo identification. The appointment line is 486-9414, and walk-ins are welcome. The CBB has four locations in Lincoln:
The CBB has been the area’s primary blood provider since 1968 and supplies blood to 12 hospitals in six counties. For more information, see the CBB’s Web site at www.don8bld.org.