The American Red Cross is celebrating World Blood Donor Day by saying thank you to all past and future blood and platelet donors. World Blood Donor Day is recognized each year on June 14. This day is meant to raise awareness of the need for a safe and stable blood supply and to recognize volunteer blood donors for their lifesaving role in patient care.
Blood donations typically decline in late spring and early summer – especially during holiday weeks, like Memorial Day and Independence Day – but the need for blood and platelet transfusions doesn’t take a summer break. With no substitution for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for patients with sickle cell disease, car accident victims, and parents experiencing difficult childbirth.
Only three out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood, making blood donors a pretty special and generous crowd of people! The Red Cross encourages those who may be eligible to join this lifesaving group by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood or platelets this summer.
You don’t need to know your blood type to make a lifesaving blood donation. Schedule your blood donation by using the Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
All blood types are needed on an ongoing basis. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.