The local blood donor initiative is expected to plant 10,000 trees by May

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — An initiative set up by a local blood donation program is on track to plant more than 10,000 trees by May.

ImpactLife has partnered with the National Forest Foundation for the “Give Back and Go Green” initiative to plant trees on behalf of donors who come to donate blood in National Forests across the country.

William Hudson, donor relations consultant at ImpactLife, said they were on track to plant more than 10,000 trees by the end of the initiative on May 15.

“The idea is not just to give back by saving lives with blood donations, you’re giving back to the environment,” he said.

Hudson has added it to his way of attracting donors in a unique way.

“Not only does this engage our donors in a different way than we have done before, but it gives them confidence that they are doing a great thing in addition to donating blood.”

Hudson said donors also receive a voucher for an electronic gift card from Amazon, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Subway, Starbucks or Walmart. Whole blood donors receive a $10 voucher. Donors who donate through automated collection procedures (platelets, plasma and double red blood cells) receive a $25 voucher.

“We thank them with a voucher, but we also give them the opportunity to help the environment,” Hudson said.

Hudson said ImpactLife needs all blood types, especially O negative.

“Give Back and Go Green” continues through May 15.

Illinois has a national forest, Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.

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