WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) — The Rhode Island and Connecticut blood centers launched a "Thank the Donor" program.
It's a service that allows patients to send anonymous appreciation messages to their donor, showing them the real-world impact they're making.
"We talk about the fact that it's cancer patients, and those that are in trauma accidents, and those that are in childbirth, and now we're going to be able to give a face to those situations that are happening locally," explained the Director of Donor Resources, Nicole Pineault.
To participate, patients scan a QR code that is placed on each unit of blood. The QR code directs them to a website where they're able to craft a message of appreciation. There's also an option to include a photo or video with the message.
"That message gets sent and it sits in a queue. That message is then reviewed by a blood center employee," said Pineault.
That step is to make sure the message doesn't include any sensitive or inappropriate information and to keep patients anonymous.
Donors will need to have an active email on file in order to participate.
Right now, the Rhode Island Blood Center is looking for O-negative, B-negative, and platelet donations.
Roughly one in three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime.
Appointments for blood donations can be made on the Rhode Island Blood Center website.