We’ve collaborated with the American Red Cross during National Blood Donor Month to learn how to best showcase blood donation in photos.
Within the last year, Tara Brower received over forty blood and platelet transfusions. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in December of 2020, and needed blood throughout her treatment process. The blood she received helped
The need for donated blood is constant. January serves as
Showing a blood drive—or even communicating the need for donations—can sound tricky. After all, there are
By communicating how helpful and necessary blood drives are, brands can put these fears and concerns to rest. And, ultimately, more people like Tara will survive and thrive.
Let’s take a look at how the power of photography can encourage blood donations and help save lives.
Show Who Benefits from Blood Donation
Who do you think needs blood? Oftentimes, we think of people who are going through trauma or surgery. While these folks certainly require blood donations, there are
If you’re promoting a blood drive, or encouraging folks to give, it’s critical to represent all patients who benefit from donations.
While Tara was going through treatment, her friends and family back home spread awareness of her need for blood as a cancer patient. By sharing her story of chemotherapy at the
Show How Blood Helps People Feel Good
Donating blood doesn’t only help save lives. It also makes people simply feel better. Tara said that the donations she received gave her energy while going through chemotherapy.
She has always been an active person. Thanks to her blood and platelet transfusions, she was able to continue exercising with daily walks throughout her treatment. She says her physical health improved over this time period, as did her
Having healthy blood in a recipient’s body gives some people the opportunity to maintain more active lifestyles. Active lifestyles often lead to more positive mental states, which can be critical when
Photography can also show this aspect of blood donation. Selecting photos that show people
Communicate the Constant and Critical Need for Blood
National Blood Donor Month occurs throughout January because it’s one of the most
Still, there’s a constant demand for donations throughout the year. January is no different than any other month, as patients like Tara are experiencing ongoing treatment during these times.
Of course, organizations like The American Red Cross experience an increased need for blood after emergencies, too. Because disasters can surprise us, and happen at any time, it’s critical that hospitals and medical workers have a reliable supply of blood on hand. While blood banks are always expecting the unexpected, regular donorship helps ease any burdens.
Help Donors Overcome Fear and Worry
Tara has completed her cancer treatment and is feeling stronger today. She has helped the Indiana chapter of The American Red Cross organize and advertise multiple blood drives since her treatment concluded. When talking to first-time donors, she said a few common fears come up in their conversations:
- People feel as if they don’t have time to donate.
- Some worry they can’t donate due to medical conditions.
- Potential donors are afraid of the process.
By talking with prospective donors, Tara has helped them overcome these fears. You can also combat these worries through visual communication.
The right photos show how quick, painless, and helpful the blood donation process is. This encourages prospective donors to spend their time giving to such a worthy cause.
Featuring friendly and helpful staff in your photos also communicates that
Donate Blood Today
Brands can honor National Blood Donor Month by selecting the best photos of donors, drives, and recipients. Even better, individuals can make a donation of their own blood.
The American Red Cross’ website makes it easy to find donation centers and drives near you.
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