World Blood Donor Day

Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region

June 3, 2013
 

No matter the season, the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion, and around 44,000 pints of blood must be donated every day to meet patient needs.

To emphasize the importance of giving blood year-round, and timed with World Blood Donor Day on June 14, the American Red Cross encourages those eligible to become regular donors, especially during the summer.

Summer is a challenging time to collect enough blood donations to meet patient needs. If at least two more donors give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — it will help ensure blood is available for patients at a moment’s notice.To emphasize the importance of giving blood year-round, and timed with World Blood Donor Day on June 14, the American Red Cross encourages those eligible to become regular donors, especially during the summer.

A stable blood supply is vital for treating trauma victims, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and many others.

Share Red Cross blood donation stories this summer

Twitter: Share a story and use the #SummerofStories hashtag.

Facebook: Encourage friends to join in donating blood this summer and giving patients a summer of stories. Be sure to share your own donation experiences and pictures, too.

Instagram: Share a story in a picture and tag it with the #SummerofStories hashtag.

Website: Share your story on the Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org/summer.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information or schedule your appointment online. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.