Supermodel Niki Taylor credits blood donors with helping save her life after she was critically injured in a 2001 car accident. As World Blood Donor Day approaches, she has partnered with the American Red Cross and Nexcare to remind everyone to roll up a sleeve and give blood.
From her hometown of Nashville, Taylor spoke with media outlets from New York to California on Tuesday, spreading the word about the importance of giving blood.
“I owe my life to blood donors. They went out, rolled up a sleeve and gave me another chance at life,” Taylor said. “I’m so honored to partner with the Red Cross and Nexcare to encourage people to give.”
From now, through World Blood Donor Day on June 14, presenting blood and platelet donors at Red Cross blood donation centers and blood drives will receive a limited-edition Nexcare give bandage. Each bandage expresses this year’s program theme, “The Art of Giving,” by surrounding the word “give” with artistic movement styles including: impressionism, abstract art, contemporary art, pop art and street art.
TAKE ACTION TODAY All eligible donors are encouraged to make and keep donation appointments this month to help maintain the summer blood supply and prevent a shortage. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer when schools are out of session and regular donors are on vacation. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days – up to 24 times a year. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in most 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.
To donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.