Community Blood Donor Commission

Notice will be given on an individual basis as to when and where meetings will be held.

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  • Eight members
  • Qualification: Must be a Buffalo Grove resident
The commission meets to implement volunteer blood donor programs through life source. Four community blood drives are held annually to assure blood availability for all residents who require blood transfusions.

The Brighten Life (BL Rewards) program
Donate blood. Save lives. Get rewards.
We know what your passion to save lives means and the commitment it takes. 

The Brighten Life (BL Rewards) program recognizes donors like you who have committed to saving lives through blood donation.

Brighten Life (BL) Members earn points with every successful donation that can be redeemed for exclusive rewards, including gift cards and merchandise (points can also be donated to support charities that share our common goal, saving lives). 

Want to start earning rewards for your successful donations?
Check out the benefits of becoming a BL Member, explore the exciting ways you can redeem points and enroll!

The difference you can make
LifeSource, Chicagoland's Blood Center, distributes a half a million blood products each year to 90% of local area hospitals and trauma centers in their effort to meet their needs.

Here is why we need your help:
  • Every two seconds someone needs blood.
  • 4.5 million Americans would die each year without blood transfusions.
  • Keeping pace with the local need for blood requires over 547,000 donations annually.
  • 37% of the population is medically eligible to give blood, yet only 5% of the national population does.
  • Car accident victims can need transfusions of 40 pints of blood or more.
  • A family member with cancer can need up to 4 pints of blood everyday for 2 to 4 weeks to tolerate ceratin treatments.
  • There is no substitute for blood. Donations are the only way hospitals and trama centers accumulate blood supplies for patients in need.
  • If all blood donors gave 2 to 4 times a year, it would prevent blood shortages.
What donors need to know
There is amazing innovation in the healthcare industry, from the tools that doctors use to the methods of delivery that make sure those tools are there when they need them. But even today, there is no substitute for blood.

What donors might not know about blood:
  • There are four main blood types: A, B, AB, and O. - Each can also be positive or negative.
  • Patient needs are most critical during the summer and winter holidays - blood centers need types O and B most often.
  • O negative blood is the universal donor. AB positive is the universal recipient - The rarest blood type is the one that's not there when you need it.
  • Blood makes up about 7% of a person's body weight - That equates to about 10 pints of blood in the body of the average adult.
  • Your body normally makes a constant supply of red cells and platelets - A healthy person regenerates a pint of blood in about 4-6 weeks.