"Make Every Drop Count" blood drive

Posted at 5:20 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 19:20:28-04

BOISE, Idaho — The COVID-19 pandemic has hit non-profits especially hard. As people struggle to make ends meet, they do not have the money to make the monetary donations they normally would. What's more, the Red Cross says fewer people are donating blood these days, creating a shortage both across the country and here in Idaho.

That is why the Red Cross has partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The two groups kicked off their "Make Every Drop Count" donation challenge Tuesday. Doctors, nurses, community leaders and even a member of Governor Little's coronavirus task force are all banding together for this social media challenge.

"I'm sending out the challenge to the other clinical leaders of healthcare organizations here in the Treasure Valley to either come in and donate blood, or go on my Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website and donate to help fund a cure for blood cancer," said Dr. Pate, retired CEO and President of St. Luke's.

If you did not get a chance to head out Tuesday and donate, there is still time. You can donate to the LLS campaign for blood cancer research or give blood directly at the Red Cross. The challenge runs until June 28.