Three quarters of the United States have declared State Blood Donation Days to help combat our nation’s blood shortage as part of National Blood Donation Week (NBDW).
This year National Blood Donation Week is September 3-10th with September 5th being National Blood Donation Day.
The movement began in 2015 when Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, and local KDWN radio personality, asked Governor Brian Sandoval to proclaim Nevada Blood Donation Day to help fight the state’s blood shortage. The next year she took this movement national asking all governors to proclaim state blood donation days.
Governors in the following states have already proclaimed September 5th to be their state Blood Donation Day for 2018:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- more to come
Arizona has proclaimed September 3-10th Arizona Blood Donation Week with more to come.
Oklahoma has proclaimed the month of September Oklahoma Blood Donation Month.
Alaska proclaimed the month of July Alaska Blood Donation Month.
“Blood and platelet donations are currently being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and more donations are needed, especially type O, to replenish the blood supply,” said Laurie Nehring, communications director for the American Red Cross. “We appreciate Dr. Daliah’s efforts to educate the public about the importance of regular blood donations.”
Emergency rooms treating trauma victims, hospitals treating anemic patients, and medical clinics replenishing low blood levels in cancer patients require a steady supply of blood products.
38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% actually do.
“The unified effort across America to proclaim state blood donation days around the Labor Day holiday comes at an important time for patients,” said Mitzy Edgecomb, Blood Systems Vice President, Donor Marketing & Communication. “Blood donations often drop dramatically during the summer months and over holiday weeks when regular donors take time away to enjoy family vacations. We appreciate and applaud the governors from the multiple states who have called attention to the ongoing need for blood donations and thank those who step forward to make a life-transforming impact on others by giving blood.”
Donating blood is easy and takes less than one hour. Many places of work can hold blood drives so employees don’t have to take off work (plus you get yummy cookies).
Inconsistent donation patterns during the year result in unpredictable and reliable blood supply numbers, hence donation is requested year round.
United Blood Services suggests donating three times a year.
The summer and holiday season appear to be the “dryest” in terms of donations. States and regions frequently need to ship blood to areas who are in need.
Blood supplies have been critical in many parts of the country due to natural disasters such as storms and wildfires.
What makes NBDW so unique is that both Republican and Democratic governors are uniting and coming together for a common cause.
One pint of blood has the potential to save three lives. Imagine what the whole country can do!
For a list of Governor Proclamations visit here.