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The Lakeside Collection Presents: LifeSource, Chicagoland’s Blood Center

Offering a range of seasonal home merchandise, The Lakeside Collection has earned a strong reputation for great discounts and high-quality goods. At the company’s offices in Bannockburn, Illinois, employees of The Lakeside Collection have dedicated themselves to charitable endeavors, participating in blood drives twice during 2011 and supporting a wide range of other initiatives. The Lakeside Collection works with LifeSource, a Chicago-based organization, in coordinating blood drives. Below, the company outlines LifeSource’s history and mission.

Formed in 1987 when the Blood Center of Northern Illinois and the American Red Cross Blood Services Mid-America Region merged, LifeSource currently maintains 18 donor centers as well as 3 mobile units. Each day, the organization conducts an average of 10 mobile blood drives, drawing blood for use while recruiting donors and collecting bone marrow. As the largest blood center in Illinois, LifeSource works with around 60 local hospitals in 6 counties, distributing more than 500,000 blood products each year.

LifeSource is led by a highly experienced Board of Directors composed of community members with a wide range of qualifications, including doctors, hospital executives, businesspeople, and civic leaders. The organization also relies on the work of volunteers, who provide LifeSource with more than 10,000 hours of valuable assistance each year. In addition to drawing and collecting blood, LifeSource operates a high-tech testing facility, which handles more than 600,000 tests each year, both for LifeSource and for other organizations. At this facility, LifeSource tests each blood donation in order to maintain a safe supply.

LifeSource is owned and operated by The Institute for Transfusion Medicine, a Pennsylvania-based company. LifeSource has earned licenses and accreditation from the Health Care Financing Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the American Association of Blood Banks.


The Lakeside Collection Presents: An Overview of the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge

A company supportive of community outreach, The Lakeside Collection devoted 2011 to charity efforts and campaigns. This past May, The Lakeside Collection affiliated itself with the well-known JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge. An annual 3.5-mile footrace, the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge promotes fitness in the workplace, especially important in an era of professionals who spend the majority of their time sitting at computers.

The challenge sees teams divided according to company, with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation making donations proportional to the number of racers involved in the challenge. In the case of The Lakeside Collection, donations went toward hospitals. Like many charitable races, the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge does not emphasize competition between the participants. While each individual is welcome to enter for the purpose of achieving personal or professional goals such as improving one’s running time, JPMorgan Chase focuses on the cause itself.

The first JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge was held in 1977 and involved 200 runners from 50 different organizations. Today, the event takes place in cities all around the world. In 2008 the race hosted a record 73,719 participants representing 2,589 companies in Frankfurt, Germany, which was the largest footrace in the world for that year. For more information on the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge, visit http://www.jpmorganchasecc.com/events.php

About The Lakeside Collection

The Lakeside Collection understands the value of customer service: any customer unsatisfied with an order receives the company’s guarantee that it will amend the transaction as quickly as possible. Receiving an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, The Lakeside Collection also prides itself on its charity involvement, participating in events such as the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge.

Environmental Initiatives at The Lakeside Collection

An all-purpose online retailer with more than a decade of experience, The Lakeside Collection provides an accessible, easy-to-use forum to help Americans shop for gifts, housewares, and more. As one of the largest catalog marketers currently operating in the United States, The Lakeside Collection embraces its responsibility to the environment. Through a series of green initiatives at all levels, The Lakeside Collection sets out to conserve natural resources and reduce its environmental impact.

Recycling and Conservation

The Lakeside Collection sponsors a host of recycling and conservation initiatives at its corporate offices. The Lakeside Collection supports a number of programs to reduce waste of all kinds, including corrugated cardboard and mixed paper recycling, free transportation services for the company’s employees to and from mass transit stations, and significant investments in electronic workflow solutions to minimize paper use. The Lakeside Collection also advances its environmental initiatives with the help of its valued customers, encouraging them to share catalogs and make use of electronic customer service and ordering. Through its “Live Green” line of products, which includes organic, solar-powered, and recycled items, The Lakeside Collection provides a unique opportunity for shoppers to experience an environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Catalogs and Marketing

Throughout its history, The Lakeside Collection has drawn upon a number of strategic partnerships with environmental leaders to develop an Earth-friendly catalog program. When obtaining paper for its catalogs, The Lakeside Collection seeks out suppliers who comply with all environmental and forestry laws and regulations. The Lakeside Collection also partners with paper mills that work to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, exceed supply chain management standards, and demonstrate a commitment to Sustainable Forest Management practices.

The Lakeside Collection works closely with manufacturers that have earned recognition for their innovative environmental initiatives and recycling programs. The Lakeside Collection has also adopted a number of practices to increase the efficiency of its catalog manufacturing process, including the use of environmentally friendly inks; augmented database analytics that reduce erroneous and duplicate catalog mailings; number five groundwood paper stocks, which have a lower carbon footprint than other varieties of paper; and computer-to-plate printing technology. In recent years, The Lakeside Collection has greatly expanded its electronic marketing campaign, which has significantly reduced the use of paper, ink, and other resources.

Shipping Materials

For most online retailers, shipping represents one of the largest sources of wasted materials and environmental inefficiency. As such, The Lakeside Collection replaces complex point-of-sale packaging with recycled materials whenever possible. The Lakeside Collection recycles 100 percent of the cardboard cartons it cannot use, resulting in an annual reclamation of more than 5,000 tons of corrugated cardboard. The Lakeside Collection makes use of several kinds of recycled shipping materials, including loose-fill packing material made entirely from recycled items. Similarly, more than 3 in 4 of the outbound shipping cartons used by The Lakeside Collection are composed of 100 percent recycled fiber.

To learn more about The Lakeside Collection, visit the website at www.lakeside.com.