Every year on June 14th countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
If you can donate blood it’s a great way to be a true hero where you live.
It’s been awhile since my last blood donation due to my iron not being at what it needed to be. Donating on Memorial Day in the USA seems like the right thing to do. If you can donate blood in your area please do so because there is a shortage nearly everywhere.
Or should I say Happy Valentine’s Day….
The American Red Cross is making an urgent call for blood and platelet donations of all blood types to help combat a blood shortage, after severe winter weather caused January blood bank donations to drop by the thousands. via Winter Weather Creates Blood Shortages in the East | Time
This is true for the blood bank I work for. We are facing shortages in O- and O+ blood types. In my department at work we are charged with getting donors to come into a facility or a mobile collection unit. With illness and resetting of personal routines after the holidays its tough to get people in. This is a time of year you have to do a little more to help save lives.
I work for a blood bank and this is a serious issue impacting public health and access to transfusions. Testing for Zika is a safety precaution and will keep the public safer.