World Blood Donor Day will be recognized around the world on Sunday, June 14. Community Blood Center (CBC) is joining the celebration by encouraging summer blood donations and thanking all donors who help save lives in their community through the gift of life. This year’s campaign theme “Thank you for saving my life” focuses on appreciation of the sacrifices blood donors make to help others, and strongly encourages more people around the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.”

“Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, yet a very small percentage of those eligible to give actually donate regularly,” said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman. “We value every one of our donors for helping fulfill our mission of ensuring quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.” World Blood Donor Day comes at a challenging time of year for maintaining the community blood supply. High schools that host blood drives are out of session and regular donors are often vacationing, potentially making them less available to give. World Blood Donor Day highlights the constant need for donors – during the summer and throughout the year.

CBC is again partnering with America’s Blood Centers in the Nexcare give campaign, an annual nationwide initiative to encourage blood donations and bring attention to World Blood Donor Day. Donors receive a limited-edition Nexcare give bandage in one of eight global-inspired designs. The bandages are available at CBC Donor Centers while supplies last. World Health Organization’s 10 facts on blood transfusions: Connect with Community Blood Center for the latest information and services at www.GivingBlood.org. Get fast and complete answers on how to make your first donation, organize a blood drive, or bring our education program to your school. Get all the updates in the CBC/CTS newsroom, find quick links to our social media pages, or schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting towww.DonorTime.com.

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