Editor’s note: Technically, National Blood Donation Day is September 5th, as Doc D. notes. BUT National Blood Donation week continues through the week ending on the 9th, so here you go.
This year September 5th is National Blood Donation Day. Blood banks all across America are holding drives to increase our nation’s blood supply.
Governors from nearly all states have proclaimed State Blood Donation Days to show their support.
Every two seconds, someone needs blood.
The American Red Cross provides these startling statistics:
We wear red today to show our support.
To donate blood visit the following sites:
Donating blood is a simple process that takes less than 45 minutes. For those who cannot donate blood, hosting a drive can be just as life saving and easy to do. Blood banks can host a drive at work on site or through a bloodmobile in the parking lot, with no cost to the host.
Almost all of the United States have declared State Blood Donation Days to help combat our nation’s blood shortage as part of National Blood Donation Week (NBDW).
This year National Blood Donation Week is September 2nd-0th with September 5th being National Blood Donation Day.
The movement began in 2015 when Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Dr. Daliah Wachs, asked Governor Brian Sandoval to proclaim Nevada Blood Donation Day to help fight the state’s blood shortage. The next year she took this movement national asking all governors to proclaim state blood donation days.
From our September 4th post:
Governors in just about every state have already proclaimed September 5th to be their state Blood Donation Day for 2018.
Oklahoma has proclaimed the month of September - Blood Donation Month.
Alaska proclaimed the month of July - Blood Donation Month.
“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and more donations are needed, especially type O, to replenish the blood supply,” said Laurie Nehring, communications director for the American Red Cross. “We appreciate Dr. Daliah’s efforts to educate the public about the importance of regular blood donations.”
Emergency rooms treating trauma victims, hospitals treating anemic patients, and medical clinics replenishing low blood levels in cancer patients require a steady supply of blood products.
38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% actually do.
“The unified effort across America to proclaim state blood donation days around the Labor Day holiday comes at an important time for patients,” said Mitzy Edgecomb, Blood Systems Vice President, Donor Marketing & Communication. “Blood donations often drop dramatically during the summer months and over holiday weeks when regular donors take time away to enjoy family vacations. We appreciate and applaud the governors from the multiple states who have called attention to the ongoing need for blood donations and thank those who step forward to make a life-transforming impact on others by giving blood.”
Donating blood is easy and takes less than one hour. Many places of work can hold blood drives so employees don’t have to take off work (plus you get yummy cookies).