Miller-Keystone recently launched the Wheels of Life campaign to raise funds to replace old, worn bloodmobiles and vehicles used to transport blood drive equipment in our communities. Fundraising for our mobile fleet is ongoing because reliable bloodmobiles, mini-bloodmobiles, and trucks are vital to our success—60% of all donated blood is collected in our communities at businesses, schools, churches, and civic organizations. To give you an idea of how important blood drives are, in 2018-2019, 1,992 mobile drives at schools, churches, businesses, and civic organizations collected 40,069 units of blood. One bloodmobile runs approximately 175 blood drives each year, collecting approximately 3,000 units of blood, impacting 9,000 lives. For every unit collected, three lives are impacted or saved.
MKBC’s presence in the communities we serve has been constant and our volunteer blood donor base is steadfast in their commitment to donate blood. Year after year, caring volunteers schedule blood drives to benefit those in need of blood transfusions. MKBC exists today because of the strong support from volunteer donors who want to make a difference in their communities.
It is so important to keep MKBC’s fleet of Bloodmobiles and trucks on the road to maintain the drive schedule and complete close to 2,000 drives a year. The current fleet consists of one new 2018 Bloodmobile and several aging vehicles:
- seven Bloodmobiles range from 10-20 years old
- one Bloodmobile is 26 years old
- one mini-coach is 15 years old
- trucks range from 8-25 years old
Donations are accepted on-line at https://www.giveapint.org/financial-contribution/, or by mailing a check to Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Development, 1465 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
Our region’s hospitals collectively require over 100,000 blood products annually to meet the transfusion needs of premature babies, accident victims, cancer patients, and others who need blood. In 2018, MKBC delivered 116,273 blood products to 29 hospitals, to include: over 76,000 red blood cells to treat patients with trauma, bleeding, cancer, and blood disorders such as sickle cell disease; 19,502 units of plasma for burn and trauma victims, and patients with bleeding and immune system disorders; and over 15,000 units of platelets for burn and accident victims and to treat patients with cancer, heart surgery, organ transplants, and bone marrow transplants.