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    Shepley Wood Products is among many businesses, organizations and houses of worship that organize blood drives for Cape Cod Healthcare’s Blood Center. 

    These are critical to saving lives of friends, families and neighbors on Cape Cod. That’s because the Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital collect only about 40 percent of all the 10,000 pints of blood needed every year. The rest must be found off Cape and cost as much as $280 a pint.

    We interviewed Tony Shepley, owner of Shepley Wood Products, about his company’s commitment to supporting the Lifeblood of Cape Cod. If you wish to volunteer your company or organization for a blood drive, or learn more about plans for a blood mobile that can visit your establishment in the future, please email Diane Pratt at the Blood Center at dpratt@capecodhealthcare.org.

    Why does Shepley Wood Products sponsor blood drives for Cape Cod Healthcare’s Blood Center?

    Tony: We believe in supporting our community resources.

    How often do you host blood drives?

     Tony: Every two months

    What resources do you need to commit to these blood drives?

     Tony: Our meeting/training center is occupied for an entire day. Our event staff cleans and prepares the room the day before, and then re-assembles it the day after. We also dedicate time to marketing by sending out multiple e-blasts and posting signs around our facilities.

    Who do you invite to donate blood at your blood drives?

    Tony: Anyone and everyone. In coordination with Cape Cod Healthcare, we send out multiple announcements, put up signs and posters and promote in the Shepley newsletter. We have an expansive list between us. Shepley, alone, contacts more than 1,000 people.

    How do you publicize your blood drive?

    Tony: Constant Contact E-blasts; Shepformation, Shepley’s monthly newsletter (print and digital distribution); Signage in Independence Park; posters within the Shepley facilities.

    How important is it that all the blood donated to the blood center remains right here on Cape Cod?

    Tony: It is very important to us. Collecting and keeping the blood local helps to keep healthcare costs down.

    How do you help your employees donate blood at your drives?

    Tony: We pay them for their donation time and arrange coverage of their position for that hour or so.

    What advice would you give other businesses who might be interested in hosting their own blood drive?

    Tony: Promote the event often, and to as many people as you can. Encourage your employees to donate, and bring along a friend. Be prepared that there will be an impact to your operations that day. Assigning someone as the coordinator/promoter is helpful. You can’t just leave it all up to Cape Cod Healthcare. Your participation will be the key to the success of the event.

    Don’t have a large enough facility to hold a blood drive?

    Call our Buddy up for Blood hotline at 508-86BLOOD and we will match you up with a nearby church or assembly hall.

    Don’t have a large email list to invite donors?

    Call our Buddy up for Blood hotline at 508-86BLOOD and we will invite donors with our E-Blast.

    Who do you invite to donate blood at your blood drives?

    Tony: Anyone and everyone. In coordination with Cape Cod Healthcare, we send out multiple announcements, put up signs and posters and promote in the Shepley newsletter. We have an expansive list between us. Shepley, alone, contacts more than 1,000 people.

    How do you publicize your blood drive?

    Tony: Constant Contact E-blasts; Shepformation, Shepley’s monthly newsletter (print and digital distribution); Signage in Independence Park; posters within the Shepley facilities.

    How important is it to Shepley Wood Products that all the blood donated at all Cape Cod Healthcare’s drives remains right here on Cape Cod serving Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals?

    Tony: It is very important to us. Collecting and keeping the blood local helps to keep healthcare costs down.

    How do you help your employees donate blood at your drives?

    Tony: We pay them for their donation time and arrange coverage of their position for that hour or so.

    What advice would you give other businesses who might be interested in hosting their own blood drive?

    Tony: Promote the event often, and to as many people as you can. Encourage your employees to donate, and bring along a friend. Be prepared that there will be an impact to your operations that day. Assigning someone as the coordinator/promoter is helpful. You can’t just leave it all up to Cape Cod Healthcare. Your participation will be the key to the success of the event.

    Don’t have a large enough facility to hold a blood drive?

    Call our Buddy up for Blood hotline at 508-86BLOOD and we will match you up with a nearby church or assembly hall.

    Don’t have a large email list to invite donors?

    Call our Buddy up for Blood hotline at 508-86BLOOD and we will invite donors with our E-Blast.

    February 04, 2014