October 18, 2012

October Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the October edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

This newsletter is emailed mid-month to all donors who receive email communications from Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. If you do not currently receive the Commit for Life Newsletter and would like to begin receiving it, please ensure that you have a current email address on file in Digital Donor.

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To ensure that you continue to receive e-mail from The Blood Center, please add gcrbc@commitforlife.org to your address book.

Give a Hug This Holiday Season!

Maximize the benefit of your commitment by donating your points to help The Blood Center purchase Holiday Hugs bears!

These cuddly teddy bears will be handed to patients in the hospital this holiday season, and each bear will carry a note of well-wishes written by a Commit for Life donor. By donating your Commit for Life points, you can help bring a smile to individuals spending the season in the hospital.

To donate your points, visit the Commit for Life store by logging into Digital Donor.

Common Questions During Flu Season

Cooler weather is here, but with that comes flu season and questions about its impact on donating blood. Our staff asks every donor if they are feeling healthy and well; if you have cold or flu symptoms, you shouldn't attempt to donate. 'Wait until 24 hours after you have fully recovered and all symptoms are gone,' says Beth Hartwell, M.D., The Blood Center's Medical Director.

Donors also ask if they can give after a flu shot, and the answer is yes! 'However, if you are experiencing any side effects, like a slight fever or extreme arm soreness, it is best to wait until those symptoms have resolved,' Hartwell says.

Making sure you are healthy when you donate is important not only to the blood supply, but also for your protection. So if you find yourself battling the flu this season, take care of yourself and come back to help save lives when you are feeling better!

Did You Know?

When you donate or attempt to donate in October, you will be entered to win a $500 travel voucher for Southwest Airlines? Learn more about the Commit for Life Getaway.

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