DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center (CBC) is supporting World Blood Donor Day Saturday, June 14 with the 2014 campaign focus on "Safe blood for saving mothers" and the slogan "Give blood for those who give life."
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every day about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity and long-term disability. The goal of the campaign is to 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.
"At Community Blood Center, we require about 300 volunteer blood donor registrations every day to help supply the blood products for patients in need of transfusions" said Chief Operating Officer of Blood Services Jodi Minneman. "Many of those patients are mothers who experience complicated childbirth. A volunteer blood donor is helping patients of all ages, from pre-mature babies to the elderly. World Blood Donor Day is a one opportunity to say thank you."
In 2014, more than 4.5 million Americans will require a blood transfusion, making year-round blood donation a critical way to give back to your community.
CBC is again partnering with America's Blood Centers in the Nexcare give campaign, an annual nationwide blood donation initiative that encourages Americans to donate blood and bring attention to World Blood Donor Day.
Exclusive for 2014, Nexcare is launching free, limited-edition give Bandages inspired by five artistic movements, including Abstract, Contemporary, Impressionism, Pop Art and Street Art, to celebrate "The Art of Giving."
All CBC Donor Centers (Dayton, Springfield, West Chester, OH and Richmond, IN) will offer free, limited-edition Nexcare give Bandages to donors. Visitors to the Nexcare Brand Facebook page, can sign up to receive free bandages, locate community blood centers and share personal stories. Blood donation centers across the country will be distributing give bandages to those who donate blood from Monday, June 9 to Saturday, June 14.
KEY MESSAGES FOR WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY 2014