What’s Happening at MKBC?

What’s Happening at MKBC?

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Lifesaver Rewards Bonus Days:

  • May 27-31 (DOUBLE bonus points)
  • June 14 – World Blood Donor Day (DOUBLE bonus points)
  • June 17 – 20 (100 BONUS points)
  • June 24-27 (100 BONUS points)

Earn points every time you donate, and redeem your points in our Online Donor Store for a wide variety of gifts. Be sure to check out some of the NEW items that were recently added! To learn more, click here!


Red Cord Application Now Open

Students graduating in 2022 can now apply for their red cord to wear during their graduation ceremony!  If you donated at least 3 times during your high school years, or volunteered at least 3 times, and your school participates in our red cord program, click here to make arrangements to receive your cord.


Celebrate World Blood Donor Day with MKBC

Join us on Tuesday, June 14, as we celebrate World Blood Donor Day!  As always, our friends from iHeart Radio will be joining us to recognize and thank our donors for their lifesaving generosity.  For details on WBDD 2022, click here.


MKBC Welcoming the Tunnel to Towers Foundation  9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit

Miller-Keystone Blood Center (MKBC) is privileged to be hosting the Tunnel to Towers Foundation 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit in July 2022!  The exhibit will travel to our Pittston Donor Center (400 Route 315) on July 9-10, and to our Bethlehem Donor Center (1465 Valley Center Parkway) on July 16-17.  As part of this very special event, MKBC is also collecting blood, with a goal to collect 343 units of blood – one for every New York firefighter, who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11.  Click here for more information on this exciting event.


Appointment-Only Policy in Effect

While walk-in donors are traditionally welcomed and accepted as time permits, we have temporarily adopted an appointment-only policy. This policy is in response to our current staffing challenges, and allows us to focus on each of our donors, providing them with the attention they require and deserve.  Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to your appointment time, and if you are unable to keep your appointment time or are running late, please contact us to reschedule.

Effective Wednesday, March 2, 2022. the wearing of masks at MKBC donor centers and blood drives will be optional for our staff and donors.   Disclaimer:  Per CDC regulations, the wearing of masks will remain optional with the exception of any county that is deemed as a high transmission area per the CDC website.


Adopt-A-Day

If business or time constraints are too challenging for your organization to run an on-site bloodmobile drive, our Adopt-A-Day program offers partnering organizations the flexibility of enabling employees, family and friends to host a blood drive at one of our Donor Centers and be recognized in the community! Click here for program details!

Double Your Impact!

Double Red Cell donations let you give more of what’s needed most by transfusion patients. Double Red Cell donations are similar to whole blood, except a single machine gives you the ability to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one sitting, while returning your plasma and platelets to you. Our Make Mine A Double Club rewards donors who make the commitment to donate Double Red Cells three times throughout the calendar year with an exclusive, Make Mine A Double T-shirt. Click here to learn more.

Universal O-Neg Heroes Club

While only 6.6% of the population has O Negative blood, 100% of the population can receive it. This is why O Negative blood is considered the “Universal Blood Type,” meaning it can be transfused to anybody in need regardless of their blood type. This is important in emergencies when hospitals don’t have time to determine the patient’s blood type. It is also why O Negative blood is always in short supply. Join our Universal (O Neg) Heroes Club and receive a FREE Exclusive Universal (O Neg) Heroes Club t-shirt when you meet the annual requirements. For more information, click here.

Platelet Weekend Warrior Club

Hospitals tend to schedule surgeries or treatments requiring platelets on Mondays & Tuesdays. Since platelets only have a shelf life of five days, platelets that are donated on Saturdays & Sundays are used early in the week. In addition, less people tend to donate during the weekends, creating a potential shortage on those days. Learn about our Platelet Weekend Warrior Club, which rewards donors who make the commitment to donate platelets at least 12 weekends throughout the calendar year. To learn more, click here.

Thank the Donor®

Thank the Donor® (TtD) is a program which allows blood donors and transfusion recipients to anonymously connect, enabling the recipient to thank the donor for their lifesaving generosity via email. Our TtD program is now live with Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Geisinger Cancer Center, Reading Hospital/Tower Health, and the St. Luke’s University Health System.   For details on how the Thank the Donor® program works, click here.

Celebrate Hope

Our Celebrate Hope program works to unite some of our transfusion recipients with the blood donors who helped save their lives! If you received blood in transfusions performed by our member hospitals and would be interested in possibly meeting some of your lifesavers, click here for more information.

Hope for a Match

MKBC is committed to finding perfect matches and saving more lives in our diverse, ethnic communities through our Hope For A Match Rare Donor Program. Like the color of your eyes and hair, blood type is also inherited… and while rare blood types exist in every population, the challenge is finding a perfect match for patients. By diversifying the blood supply, we can instill hope and save more lives! To learn more about our Hope for a Match Rare Donor Program, click here!

“My Profile” Mobile Shortcut

Did you know that by using MKBC’s Mobile Shortcut, you can schedule donations, view appointments, review test results, rate our staff and more, all from the comfort of your mobile device(s)? Click here to learn more or set up your device!

Blood Drive Coordinator Mobile Shortcut

Blood Drive Coordinators — did you know that by using MKBC’s Mobile Shortcut, you have access to all of the tools you’ll need to run a successful blood drive? You’ll find info on your past blood drives, marketing materials, promotional messages and more, all available from the comfort of your mobile device(s)! Click here to learn more or set up your device.