United Blood Services celebrates 11th annual World Blood Donor Day

United Blood Services celebrates 11th annual World Blood Donor Day
United Blood Services
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 2:50pm

In celebration of World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), United Blood Services will be having a WBDD celebration for all donors, Saturday, June 14 at both Valley locations and various community blood drives. All donors will receive a free WBDD T-shirt, designed to raise awareness of the need for safe blood around the world, to thank and honor those blood donors who make transfusion possible, and to encourage healthy, eligible individuals to give blood regularly.

“In celebrating WBDD this weekend, United Blood Services honors blood donors for their important contributions within our community and encourages others to follow their example,” said Frank Esparza, Center Director of United Blood Services, this area’s nonprofit community blood service provider. “It is important to ensure that blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in many countries demand is much higher than supply and blood services face the challenge of ensuring that sufficient blood is available that meets quality and safety standards. Additionally, although many countries base national blood supplies on voluntary unpaid blood donation, many still rely on family donors and even paid donors. The goal of the WHO is for all countries to obtain their blood supplies entirely from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020.

The theme of the 2014 World Blood Donor Day campaign is “Safe blood for saving mothers.” The campaign will increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential for all countries as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths. WHO encourages all countries and national and international partners working on blood transfusion and maternal health to develop an activity plan to highlight the need for timely access to safe blood and blood products in the prevention of maternal deaths.

Donors are encouraged to donate blood at the following locations:

5401 North 10th St. Suite 102
McAllen, TX 78501

Best Buy
3400 West Expy 83
McAllen, TX 78501

United Blood Services
1400 S. 6th Street
McAllen, Tx

United Blood Services
610 N. Ed Carey Drive,
Harlingen, Tx

Valle Vista Mall
2020 South Expressway 83
Harlingen, TX 78550

Make your appointment to give blood at www.UnitedBloodServices.org. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services’ Hero in Me reward program.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. For more information, visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org.

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