As World Blood Donor Day approaches, Supermodel Niki Taylor has partnered with the American Red Cross and Nexcare Brand to remind everyone to roll up a sleeve and give blood. From New York City, Niki spoke with media outlets from across the country on Tuesday, spreading the word about the importance of giving blood.
Niki says she grew up watching her parents donate blood, but she had no idea that she would someday be on the receiving end. In 2001, Niki was critically injured in a car accident and needed about 100 pints of blood to survive.
“It was a matter of seconds that my life changed, and I would not be sitting here today had it not been for Red Cross blood donors,” Niki said. “A lot of people don’t think about it until they need surgery or they’re in an accident – so that’s why I want to encourage people to give blood now and as often as they can.”
From now, through World Blood Donor Day on June 14, individuals who come to give blood or platelets 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, “Creating a Culture of Giving,” celebrating all those who give around the world.
DONATIONS NEEDED NOW 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. Donors can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, which is free and available for download now. It can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.