[Business Spotlight] Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
By: Jessica Clifford
Giving part of yourself can save another, and at the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in Greensboro, that is exactly what they have been doing for the past three years. The CBCC originally started at a Charlotte location in 2001 and has since branched out to other cities.
The CBCC of Greensboro is a nonprofit, local blood supplier primarily for hospitals in the Cone Health System of Greensboro. “The biggest thing that sets us apart is blood donation,” said Larice White, a donor recruiter of CBCC of Greensboro. “Is it stays in the local community we serve.”
Their main goals are to coordinate blood drives with local companies, colleges and high schools, teach at wellness fairs and provide scholarship opportunities. White and her donor partner, Lauren Lambeth, are constantly networking and hoping to get referrals for their services.
White and Lambeth said their love for saving lives is what drives them every day. “I can go home and think I saved a life,” White said. Both partners promote blood donation, especially if someone’s body meets the requirements necessary to donate.
“There is no substitution for blood,” Lambeth said. “It has to come from a voluntary source. It can’t be manufactured.” The partners believe many people do not donate because they are never asked.
The process of donating does not take long either, “[It is an] hour less of your time to give that life-saving blood,” White said. All blood types are welcome; however, the nonprofit is always in need of O-negative and platelet donors.
For more information about donating blood or registering for a blood drive with the CBCC of Greensboro, visit their website at www.savinglocallives.com.