Thursday is World Blood Donor Day

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center will join blood service organizations around the globe in the celebration of World Blood Donor Day on June 14. The 2018 theme focuses on blood donations as an act of solidarity with the slogan, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.”

WBDD is an opportunity to thank blood donors for helping save lives and strongly encourage more people to donate.

CBC is a member of America’s Blood Centers, the nation’s largest network of independent blood centers.

America’s Blood Centers has taken the theme of solidarity to heart this year by securing congressional support for blood donations on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at a congressional baseball practice. U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was severely injured and required several blood transfusions. He credits blood donors for saving his life.

Members of the Republican and Democrat congressional baseball teams have sent a letter to fellow members of Congress encouraging them “to visit their local community blood center during the recess the week after June 14th to learn more about the continuous need for blood donation and to support their life-saving work.”

ABC is helping connect members of congress with their district’s blood centers and offering assistance with arranging visits.

Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) is a regular visitor to CBC because he is a lifelong blood donor. He is also an emergency room physician and chairman of the House Health Committee. In 2017 he introduced House Bill 252 to designate January as “Blood Donor Awareness Month” in Ohio. Gov. John Kasich signed it into law on Feb. 8.

Rep. Huffman will join CBC in a campaign recognizing the first celebration of Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month in January 2019.

The World Health Organization chose the 2018 World Blood Donor Day theme of solidarity to highlight the fundamental values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems. The goal is to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and generate social ties and a united community.