Sai Kumar first looked around for blood when one of his close family members was in dire need of it. He had to make a few calls before he could get the required blood group. A student then, Sai Kumar, realized that it takes just a few calls to get the necessary blood in near-death situations. Since then, he started off his group, which now has 18 core members and a network of 150 volunteers who actively work to arrange blood for those in need. The Hyderabad Blood Donors Society was started by Sai Kumar when he was barely 18 years old.
Today Sai Kumar manages HBDS alongside working with a firm. While his initial idea was to provide blood in life or death situations, over the years, his aim has turned into giving something back to society.
The HBDS began a Facebook group with Sai Kumar’s close friends who volunteered to donate blood when the need arose. Over a period of time, their network of volunteers increased, and it’s their core team that reaches out to the volunteers spread across the city.
The requests are amplified through their verified social media accounts, and they also seek the help of social media influencers when they are in dire need. HBDS also arranged for plasma during the first and second waves of COVID.
However, they have been facing a problem since the pandemic. Some people have been misusing their names and collecting money for blood through social media channels or direct calls. And once the online payment is made, the numbers are switched off. Though HBDS has registered complaints with cybercrime police, little has happened.
The team has an official website, wherein one can fill a form mentioning their requirements, and the team members will get back to the patient’s attendees asap. They can also be contacted through verified social media channels on Twitter, Instagram, and their Facebook group.