The American Red Cross, Nexcare Bandages and actress Soleil Moon Frye are celebrating World Blood Donor Day and the lifesaving gift donors give each time they roll up a sleeve.
WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY June 14 marks the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day. The recognition day comes around each year just as summer heats up and blood donations begin a typical seasonal decline. The need for blood is constant, but many regular donors become busy with vacations and family activities and don’t always remember to make giving blood a priority. World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of an adequate blood supply.
GIVING BLOOD IS ALWAYS IN SEASON Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. In fact, nearly 44,000 blood donations are needed on average each day in the U.S. With no substitute for human blood, those in need rely on the kindness of volunteer donors.
To bring attention to the heroic act of giving blood, Red Cross spokesperson Soleil Moon Frye has joined the 2013 Nexcare give program to remind people that “Giving Blood is Always in Season.” This year, Nexcare Brand is giving away limited-edition bandages inspired by the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter, each adorned with the word “give” to demonstrate the theme. The collection features eight unique seasonally-influenced designs including summer flip-flops, winter snowflakes, fall foliage, spring flowers and more. While supplies last, the limited-edition Nexcare give bandages will be distributed at Red Cross donor centers and blood drives in honor of World Blood Donor Day.
HOW TO GIVE For more information about donating blood, or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in 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.