Each year during our critical winter season (when blood donations drop due to sickness and holiday travel), SBC partners with another local organization with a charitable mission as part of our Give Good initiative. The goal of Give Good is to spread awareness about blood donation so we can continue to serve our local patients during this difficult time, while also supporting another community organization with a good cause.
Good Karma Bikes
This winter, in addition to saving lives of local patients, your generosity helped children in need in our community. We partnered with Good Karma Bikes (GKB) to help you double your “Good Karma!” For every 15 people that came in to donate, GKB gifted one bicycle to a child in foster care or a single-parent shelter. We are proud to announce that 2,474 donors came in during Give Good, allowing GKB to donate over 150 bicycles!
About Good Karma Bikes
On its face, Good Karma Bikes is a second-hand bike shop. However, what they give to the community is so much more. If you cannot afford a bike and you need one for transportation, you can volunteer for six hours and they will give you a refurbished bike, free of charge. They also offer bike repairs for homeless and low-wage workers at no charge.
What’s even more impressive is how they run their business. Good Karma bikes employs former foster kids and other disadvantaged youth with the goal of helping them become self-sufficient. Here’s how it works – to participate Good Karma’s program, they will give you a job with the following conditions:
- You must agree to attend college courses (GKB will help you apply)
- You must participate in community service
The goal is that these youth will learn valuable interactive, communication, and business skills while developing the self-confidence that comes from self-sufficiency.
To learn more about Good Karma Bikes and their inspiring mission, visit www.goodkarmabikes.org
Give Good Over the Years
- In 2016, 1,521 donors stopped by a center or mobile to support our partner, Bay Area Cancer Connections.
- In 2015, 2,048 donors rolled up their sleeves during our three-week campaign with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.
- In 2014, 1,896 registered donors participated in the two-week campaign with BayKids Studios.
- In 2013, 3,224 donors visited during the three-week campaign with Humane Society Silicon Valley.
Give Good History
In 2016, in addition to providing lifesaving blood products, donors benefitted breast and ovarian cancer patients in treatment. For each donor that came in during the campaign, SBC made a donation to Bay Area Cancer Connections (BCC). Donations went toward providing comfort totes to clients, which included items like relaxing lavender eye masks to relieve stress, ginger chews and tea to help with nausea, and soft, fuzzy socks to provide comfort during treatments.
“We greatly enjoyed the event! Learning more about the wonderful work the Stanford Blood Center does and getting to work with the team was a pleasure,” said Jill Nelson, Marketing Manager at BCC. “Donating blood on the day of the event was also a great experience and the staff seemed very knowledgeable and to enjoy their work.”
We are incredibly grateful to the 1,521 donors donated during the campaign with Bay Area Cancer Connections.
In 2015, we partnered with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. We thank all the blood donors who participated and share some appreciation from Janice Jensen, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, who said:
“Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley is incredibly grateful for the partnership of Stanford Blood Center and the Give Good campaign. The financial support and awareness from this campaign will bring strength, stability, and self-reliance to more families in need of affordable homes. Thank you to those who took time out of their busy schedules to make a tangible impact by donating lifesaving blood and building a stronger community.”
2,048 donors participated in our three-week campaign with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.
In 2014, we partnered with BayKids Studios, whose mission is to help children facing long-term hospitalization heal through the power of filmmaking.
Devora Kanter Kothari, executive director at BayKids Studios, said, “On behalf of all our filmmakers and their families, thank you! The BayKids Board of Trustees, Dave Spencer, our founder, and the BayKids Studios staff greatly appreciate your generous donation.
“Your belief in the healing power of filmmaking is inspiring. Our organization may not be able to supply the cure for our young filmmakers’ health challenges, but we can supply the cameras and the movie-making expertise to transform hospitals into movie studios and patients into directors, storytellers and actors.”
During Give Good, many donors were inspired to share their stories of why they donate. You can read their stories at SBCStories.org.
1,896 donors participated in the two-week campaign with BayKids Studios.
Humane Society Silicon Valley
2013 was the year we launched the campaign designed to double your impact. Our first partner was Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV). For each donor that came in during the campaign, we donated funds towards life saving medical care and vaccines for shelter cats and dogs.
Stephanie Ladeira, HSSV’s Vice President, Development, said, “The enthusiasm we’ve seen from clients, staff and volunteers eager to participate in the Give Good campaign has been terrific. Our programs touch human and animal lives, so this collaboration speaks to our mission to save and enhance lives. We’re looking forward to seeing the good that will come from this effort, to those who rely on both organizations.”
3,224 donors visited during the three-week campaign with Humane Society Silicon Valley.