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‘SAFE BLOOD FOR ALL’ IS THEME FOR JUNE 14 WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY

June 11, 2019

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center will celebrate June 14 World Blood Donor Day by thanking donors for responding to the need for blood following the Memorial Day tornado outbreak and reminding all potential donors their help is still needed to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply.

CBC will host a World Blood Donor Day celebration Friday, June 14 at the Dayton Donor Center, 349 S. Main St.  Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are encouraged at www.DonorTime.com.

The need for blood and blood products is universal, but access to safe blood and blood products varies greatly around the world and within countries.

The theme of this year's World Blood Donor Day campaign is "Safe Blood for All" and the goal is to raise awareness of the universal need for safe blood and the crucial role of voluntary donors.  The message is to encourage more people to become blood donors and donate regularly. It also calls on all governments to increase collection of blood from voluntary, unpaid donors.

In 2005 the World Health Assembly designated June 14 "World Blood Donor Day" as a declaration of support for voluntary blood donation. In 2009, transfusion experts from 40 countries set the goal for all countries to obtain all blood from volunteer donors by 2020.

The WHO reports 78 countries collect more than 90 percent of their blood supply from voluntary blood donors. However, 58 countries still collect more than 50 percent of their supply from family-member replacement donations or paid donors.

The Miami Valley faced a blood supply challenge following the high blood usage during Memorial Day weekend and the disruption caused by the devasting outbreak of tornadoes on Memorial Day.

CBC put out a call for donors and the overwhelming show of support more than stabilized the blood supply.  In five days, CBC registered 1,734 donors, including 270 first-time donors.

CBC reminds donors their help is still needed as the summer travel season progresses and the July 4th holiday approaches.

The support of additional donors is important because those who donated whole blood during the week after Memorial Day will not yet be eligible to give blood again during the July 4th holiday period.