San Angelo, TX---What's a great reward for donating blood? Each donor has a favorite:
"Knowing I saved a life."
"Enjoying cookies and juice afterward!"
"Getting out of class or the office for a bit."
"Helping people in my community."
"Treating myself to an ice cream on the way home."
"Keeping track of my cholesterol level."
"Wearing the bandage around my arm when I return to work."
Whatever you fell after you donate blood, you can now get more rewards compliments of United Blood Services, San Angelo's non-profit community blood provider.
To encourage the habit of blood donation, United Blood Service has expanded its rewards program, called the Hero in Me. Donors can earn points for donating frequently and staying involved year after year. The points are redeemable for movie tickets, gift certificates and other prizes.
"The quickest way to start earning points is to visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org and learn about the program. There's 50 points," said Linda Grace of United Blood Services. "Then, make your next appointment on our website. When you donate as scheduled, you'll pick up 100 points for keeping the appointment and another 100 points for the donation." Most reward gifts are available for 400 points.
Donors can use the website to find convenient locations to give blood. Workplaces and other organizations give their donors sponsors code to help them make appointments for their blood drives.
Linda explained that all who give blood during a calendar year are automatically recognized and rewarded in the Hero in Me program. The program uses Gold, Silver, and Bronze recognition levels to offer benefits to donors who give regularly during a calendar year. "It's kind of like a frequent flyer program for blood donors," said Linda.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.
Want another great reward? All blood donors receive a free cholesterol test.
"Find the hero in you," urged Linda. "Give blood three times a year!"