Why is Donating Blood Important?
On June 14th, the World Health Organization (WHO) hosts World Blood Donor Day, which is a day to recognize the importance of blood donations around the world. According to the WHO, “112.5 million blood donations are collected globally, half of these are in high-income countries.” These blood donations are necessary in times of emergency and tragedy when injury is common and a loss of blood in patients is frequent. If only 1% of the population donated their blood, the nation could meet its most basic requirements for blood.
Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood due to a variety of reasons. Just one of your donations could potentially save up to three lives. So why not give?
Donating blood is a simple way to give back to your community and could have a massive effect on someone’s life. If you’re interested in giving blood, seek information on the Red Cross Donating Blood page to determine your eligibility and to see the nearest donation locations.