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Values in Action

  1. Evening of Thanks Recognizes Community Support
  2. Kiwanis "Ruby Award" Winners Named
  3. Employee Giving Campaign Breaks New Record
  4. Community Support from NCBB
  5. Nebraska Gov. Declares January Blood Donor Month
  6. NCBB Selected as BRIN's Charity of Choice

In the News

  1. Nebraska Starves its Vampires
  2. Reporter Blood Typed On Air

Mission to Save Lives

  1. Husker Partnership is First of its Kind
  2. Staff Participate in Breast Cancer Walk
  3. University of Nebraska-Omaha Health Fair

In the Spotlight

  1. January is National Blood Donor Month
  2. Ugly Sweaters Abound
  3. Blood Drive Coordinator Spotlight
  4. Social Media Buzz Room

Evening of Thanks Recognizes Support from the Community

NCBB award winner
On November 10, blood donors and blood drive sponsors attended the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) Evening of Thanks to be recognized for their generosity and support of NCBB’s mission. Guests ranged from high-gallon donors to five-year-old Leyna, who needed blood to beat childhood cancer.

Right: NCBB award winner John Thompson and NCBB President Ellen DiSalvo
Many others were recognized for their contributions and accomplishments, including Coordinators of the Year, Community Partners of the Year, R.I.S.E.S. award winners, and a Spirit of Giving award. The Evening of Thanks was featured in the Lincoln Journal-Star. You can read the story here.

Kiwanis "Ruby Award" Winners Named

Tracy and her platelet recipient Owen
The annual NCBB Kiwanis Breakfast, hosted on December 2, highlighted the devotion and participation of Kiwanis members of Nebraska who donate blood and platelets. This year’s top four participating groups were Capital City, Cornhusker, Northeast and Sunrise. Sunrise had the most whole blood donations and Capital City had the most double red donations, but the Northeast chapter took home the annual Ruby Award thanks to the number of platelet donations by chapter members. Pictured at right: Tracy Scissors-Domgard, posing with blood recipient Owen, is a member of the Northeast Kiwanis chapter. Tracy donated some of the platelets used to help save Owen’s life.

Employee Giving Campaign Breaks New Record

This year’s Employee Giving Campaign surpassed all previous years of participation by generous NCBB employees, who raised more than $20,000 for Community Health Charities and the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. At left, NCBB's Kelly Jensen and her brother enjoy Husker tickets she won by participating in the Employee Giving Campaign. 

Community Support from NCBB

NCBB employees came together during the holiday season to make a difference in their communities.

Supportive and enthusiastic staff collected 122 pairs of socks for teens at CEDARS, a nonprofit organization that helps children who have been abused, neglected, or homeless. Every year, CEDARS hosts six blood drives, making for a mutually beneficial partnership. NCBB staff also provided toys for five children in the greater Lincoln community (pictured, below).
NCBB staff sorting gifts.

Nebraska Governor Declares January Blood Donor Month

On January 9, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared January 2017 to be National Blood Donor Month in Nebraska. NCBB takes pride in serving communities within Nebraska, which consistently ranks in the top 10 states for volunteering. With the support of donors, NCBB plays a vital role in helping save lives in the community, having collected nearly 40,000 units of blood in 2016.
NE governor proclamation
Celebrating the proclamation of January as National Blood Donor Month in Nebraska is, from left to right, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, NCBB’s Account Executive Kelly Gillaspie, 29-gallon donor Garry Morgan, and NCBB Community Relations Specialist Erica Busta

NCBB Selected as BRIN's "Charity of Choice"

NCBB has been selected as the Charity of Choice for the Born and Raced in Nebraska (BRIN) Races again in 2017. Since beginning the partnership in 2015, the races have raised more than $3,000 for NCBB. The BRIN races provide NCBB the opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering at the race, and help raise awareness of the importance of blood donation.
NCBB continues to build its volunteer base, and will provide 25 volunteers at the upcoming “Leprechaun Chase” on March 4 at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. BRIN and Madonna ProActive Medical Fitness also hosted a community blood drive in January.

Nebraska Starves its Vampires

CW-15 blood drive TV spot
NCBB participated in the timely “Starve a Vampire” blood drive this October, and CW-15 TV aired this holiday-themed commercial advertising the drive.

Reporter Blood Typed On Air

In January NCBB was featured in the 10 Health TV segment “Shape of the City.” The interview included conversation around the components of whole blood, the need for blood, and why helicopters carry type O negative blood. The show’s host Clover Frederick even had the chance to be blood typed on camera by NCBB's Kari Lundeen. You can watch the segment on YouTube by clicking here.

Husker Partnership is First of its Kind

NCBB was fortunate to add the Huskers to our sponsorship team in 2016. The partnership includes a social media campaign and in-game radio exposure, along with tickets to men’s basketball, football, and baseball games. Go Big Red! Pictured, below: The “Save a Husker” shirts were a big hit at a September blood drive at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Husker fans

Staff Participate in Breast Cancer Walk

NCBB employees made sure to "think pink" in October in honor of breast cancer awareness month. NCBB staff raised more than $800 for cancer research by purchasing Give Blood, Give Hope shirts and selling baked goods. Several employees also participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 23.
NCBB staff wearing their pink shirts
NCBB staff from left to right: Amanda Granville, Training Specialist; Bethany Edstrom, Collections; Diane Clark, Donor Site Representative; Katina Nelson, Collections; Larry Kahler, Collections; Rosmery Martinez, Collections; Marlene Nelson, Platelet Coordinator

University of Nebraska-Omaha Health Fair

In support of NCBB’s “Grow Nebraska” initiative, our staff continue to work hard to expand into surrounding communities and the Omaha metro area. After an intense application process, NCBB was selected to participate in a private health fair hosted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in November. Donor recruitment representative Kari Lundeen and donor recruitment assistant Kristin Ryman blood typed more than 60 people and shared information about NCBB and blood donation.

January is National Blood Donor Month

NE basketball promo
One in three people will need blood at some point in their lives, and NCBB is ready to help our communities start their new year off on the right foot. For the month of January, all presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a pair of college basketball tickets.

Ugly Sweaters Abound

NCBB employees (below) dug through their closets and showcased their best (and worst) holiday couture in December.
NCBB staff show off their ugly sweaters

Blood Drive Coordinator Spotlight


Susan Baird, NCBB coordinatorIn this edition of Circulation, the NCBB Blood Drive Coordinator Spotlight shines on Susan Baird, pictured at right with her niece and nephew. Susan is the coordinator for Lincoln Orthopaedic Center.
 
Q&A with Susan

Q. How long have you coordinated blood drives with NCBB?
A. 10 years.

Q. Do you know someone who’s received blood?
A. Yes, my mother was recently very ill and received blood.

Q. Why did you start coordinating blood drives?
A. The previous coordinator was leaving the company and I took over because I really believe in the cause. 

Q. What is your best tip for coordinating a successful blood drive?
A. Having a great group of loyal donors is important. It is also a fine line between being persistent and being a nag.

Q. Do you have any tips for recruiting double reds?
A. Big, strong men please!

Q. How often do you host blood drives?
A. Every eight weeks.

Q. What’s your favorite part about partnering with NCBB?
A. It’s a great company that provides lots of support. They are willing to help promote the blood drive in any way possible.

Q. Do you have any hobbies?
A. Watching Husker football and volleyball. Spending time with my husband and dogs.

Q. What is your favorite food?
A. Steak, it’s good for the hemoglobin!

Q. What is your blood type?
A. A positive.
 

Social Media Buzz Room

Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening on our social media pages. Click on any image to see the live post, and please feel free to share with your social communities!
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