Blood donations needed in summer months

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"Every 2 seconds someone on the USA needs blood", said Congressman G.K.Butterfield during the announcement of the missing letter campaign.

"Since launching globally a few years ago, the initiative has notched up phenomenal success, spurring thousands of new blood donors to sign up worldwide", said Silungile Mlambo, the SANBS's chief marketing officer. Blood stocks are also essential in natural and man-made disasters.

"The selfless generosity of blood donors makes a life-saving impact on trauma patients, adults and children fighting cancer, premature babies and those battling blood diseases", says Indiana Blood Center President Charlie Miraglia M.D.

Events are being held in communities across the country during National Blood Donor Week to celebrate donors and remind people to give blood now and during the summer, one of the most challenging times for Canada's blood system.

The American Red Cross is seeking new blood donors following a decline in recurring donors.

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The Red Cross hopes this will illustrate the critical role that every blood donor plays.

"We're calling on everyone to do what they can to spread the word, host a blood drive or simply take an hour out of their day to donate", she said in the release.

In order to donate blood, you have to be 18-years-old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and have a valid identification card.

People who suffer from anaemia, STIs, HIV/AIDS, as well as individuals who are underweight or under the age of 16, are among those ineligible to donate. This is only available for Whole Blood donors and additional information about this notification can be found in the app's Terms of Use. This is not just a Red Cross trend, but a challenge that all blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world.

Our appeal happens to coincide with World Blood Donor Day, which is Thursday, June 14th, and celebrates volunteer blood donors for their life-saving gifts. He created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions. She said doing so can help prevent the possibilty of passing out during a donation.