Christina Falahee

Wellness Coordinator

 

Share Life, Give Blood:​​ World Blood Donor Day

 

Want to help save a life? Help spread the word of World Blood Donor Day! ​​ People across the globe come together​​ every year on June 14th ​​ to thank blood donors for their​​ voluntary,​​ life saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations for those in need.​​ The theme this is​​ year is “Blood Connects Us All.”​​ Many countries still have a shortage of donors,​​ meaning​​ World blood Donor Day is vital to these countries to raise awareness of blood donation.

Why Donating is so Important

Millions of lives are saved around the world each year through transfusions of blood and blood products. When you donate blood, you can help someone suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and higher quality lives as well as supporting complex medical and surgical procedures. ​​ It also​​ plays​​ an essential, lifesaving role during the emergency response to manmade and natural disasters.

How to Celebrate World Donor Day

  • Donate blood, a single donation can make a difference.

  • Spread the word via social media.

  • Thank those that have taken the time to donate their blood.​​ 

How to Donate

Visit the American Red Cross website (https://www.redcross.org/give-blood) to find a location to donate and learn more about the donation process.

Blood Donation Facts

  • 108 million blood donations are collected globally, half of these are in high – income countries

  • Blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood.

  • 62 countries collect 100% of their blood supply from voluntary, unpaid blood donors.

 

The Objectives for This Year

  • To thank those who have donated​​ blood and to inspire those have not yet donated blood to start donating.

  • Highlight​​ the need for year​​ round blood donation, to maintain adequate supplies and achieve national self – sufficiency of blood.

  • Focus attention on blood donation as an expression of community participation in the health system, and the importance of community participation in maintaining sufficient, safe and sustainable blood supplies.

  • Encourage younger people, who might be nervous or unsure about donating, to feel encouraged to sign up and start donating.

 

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