SM bloodletting nets 4,000 bags

In time for the National Blood Donors Month celebration, SM Foundation (SMFI) announced the success of its bloodletting efforts from February to June 2022, wherein more than 4,000 bags of blood were generated.

From these bags of blood, around 12,000 lives may be saved and extended — since one bag can help save up to three lives as it can be separated into three components: platelet concentrate, packed red blood cell, and fresh frozen plasma.

This social good effort is in partnership with the Department of Health-Philippine Blood Center (DoH-PBC) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC). This is in support of the Republic Act 7719, or the National Blood Services Act of 1994 which encourages and promotes voluntary blood donation to provide sufficient supply of safe blood.

Following the necessary safety protocols, SMFI conducts its regular blood donation drive in SM malls nationwide to help address the depleting supply of blood needed by those with medical emergencies.

For this leg, SMFI was able to conduct its bloodletting activities in NCR, Baguio, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Cagayan Valley, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Batangas, Bicol, Cebu, Leyte, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Palawan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, General Santos, Zamboanga, and at the SM Corporate Offices.

Stories of extended hope

SM blood bank, which was established in 2011, has helped many Filipinos that are in need of blood and blood products. One of them is Sherynel Narboneta, a Senior Manager at SM City San Lazaro, who requested for six units of platelet concentrate or 1-unit plateletpheresis per transfusion for her father-in-law, Rolando F. Narboneta.

Mr. Narboneta was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome which advanced into Leukemia. According to Sherynel, requesting for blood from the SM blood bank was smooth and very convenient.

While requests are granted depending on the availability of the type and kind of blood component requested, Sherynel said, “From our experience, we received a confirmation on the same day.”

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