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World Blood Donor Day: Give the gift of life by donating blood

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June 14 is World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), an annual event that raises awareness about the importance of donating blood.

World Blood Donor Day

Since its launch in 2004, nations around the world have participated in WBDD with a variety of events and educational activities. The ‘holiday’ not only brings attention to the critical need for safe blood and blood products, World Blood Donor Day also recognizes those who have donated blood, one of life’s most precious gifts.

Donating Blood Saves Lives

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 107 million blood donations are made each year. Almost half the donors are people under 25 and about 40 percent of donors are female.

As the weather turns warmer, people tend to spend more time outside. During the summer months, many blood centers face shortages. Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. 1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. WBDD serves as an important reminder to give blood regularly.

Give the gift of life – you never know when a tragedy will strike. Learn more about donating blood by visiting the Red Cross website.

June 14th is also Flag Day in America.

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