Every company has a culture. Whether intentional or not, over time each organization develops its own philosophies that make it stand apart from another. At Draper, a big part of our heartbeat is corporate citizenship.
One way we and our employees serve the surrounding community is through hosting an annual blood drive. The Indiana Blood Center brings mobile labs to Draper headquarters, where employees are encouraged to take time from their workday to donate.
This year, Draper collected 89 units, enough to save up to 267 local lives.
“Our inventory was dangerously low, and this created a much-needed boost and peace of mind to area patients in need,” said Jen Barrett, account representative for Versiti/Indiana, in a note thanking Draper employees. “Your commitment to our mission, and to your company’s community service and health initiative, is evident.”
This was Draper’s third largest collection drive.
“Hosting a blood drive is a great way to help the community,” said Bianca Heilman, Draper’s safety and wellness director, who coordinated this year’s effort. “It gives our employees a way to help, and donating blood has an immediate and deep impact on people’s lives.”
“Companies hosting blood drives is a huge boost to the blood supply. The supply is in constant need of replenishment, and there are a few times of the year when school vacations, weather, illnesses, summer breaks, holidays really hit the supply because donor participation in down,” Barrett said, “But the need for blood never gets a break. Your company’s February blood drive always is at the right time because of the weather impacts of school closings and delays and increased rates of donor sickness.”