“Blood supplies run low due to increase in demand and donation drives stalled amid pandemic” said Dr. Patricia Fernandez of Department of Health-Philippine Blood Center.

SM City Marilao Assistant Mall Manager takes a deep breath as a registered nurse from the Philippine Blood Center carefully performs a phlebotomy for blood donation. Successful donors who gave blood received DOH’s teddy bear and refreshments, as 90 bags of blood were collected at SM City Marilao. The 8-hour blood donation drive was held at the mall’s training room. Jun David

Helping to address this depleting supply, SM Malls in Marilao, San Jose Del Monte, Baliwag and Pulilan conducted their blood donation drive in partnership with the DOH, Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Philippine Blood Center (PBC) and SM Foundation Inc.

With the assistance of SM medical services and Philippine Red Cross, 77 blood bags were collected from SM City Baliwag last March 3 and 4, while a total of 62 bags were recorded in SM Center Pulilan during its two-day donation drive held last March 7 and 8.

Jopie Cruz Nieto, Branch Manager of Watsons in SM City San Jose del Monte, proudly shows her blood donation during the SM Blood Donation Drive in partnership with Philippine Blood Center last March 8. Working for a pharmacy company, Nieto knows the importance of health, and participating in this kind of initiative can go a long way toward saving lives. Jun David

DOH-PBC Blood donor recruitment officer Jerick Laxamana said a total of 90 bags were collected from donors of SM City San Jose Del Monte on Thursday while 90 bags were collected Friday from successful donors in SM City Marilao.

“We are thankful to SM as well as the unwavering support of its employees, tenants, and affiliates” said Dr. Fernandez.

SM Center Pulilan employees, tenants and affiliates support the Red Cross Blood Letting activity held last March 7 and 8, where 62 blood bags were collected during the activity. At least 77 bags were recorded at SM City Baliwag last March 3 and 4. Jun David

“Our partnership with SM help us build awareness on blood donation. One blood bag donation can help save three lives as a whole blood donation can be separated into three components: red blood cells, plasma, and platelets,” she added.

Blood donation drive at SM is in support of the Republic Act No. 7719, the National Blood Services Act of 1994,which encourages and promotes voluntary blood donation to provide sufficient supply of safe blood.

SM Foundation has scheduled 80 bloodletting activities nationwide for the year 2022.

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