SHORTAGE in blood supply and rising demand for blood transfusion are the challenges presented by the pandemic.

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 to saving lives.

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

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

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.

DOH-PBC Blood donor recruitment officer Jerick Laxamana says that a total of 90 bags were collected from donors of SM City San Jose Del Monte yesterday while 90 bags were likewise collected today from successful donors in SM City Marilao.

“We are thankful to SM as well as the unwavering support of its employees, tenants, and affiliates” shares Dr. Patricia Fernandez of Department of Health- Philippine Blood Center. “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” says Dr. Fernandez.

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.