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Help Save Lives on World Blood Donor Day

While we often think of human necessities like food and water, there is one vital resource that could be running low and is needed to save lives—donating blood. This year, celebrate World Blood Donor Day with the rest of the world on June 14. This is a worldwide holiday meant to recognize safe blood donations and to recognize those who donate every year. Not sure if you’re ready to give or looking for other ways to get involved? Check out more on the history and ways that you can participate below.

 

Why Blood Donations Are Important

Every day, 38,000 blood donations are needed. From emergency transfusions to people with disorders or diseases, there is no shortage of reasons blood donations are a necessity. Type O-Negative blood is especially helpful because it can be donated to any individual, regardless of their blood type. Simply put, giving blood saves lives. 

 

How You Can Participate

  • Donate Blood (If You Can Safely Do So): The easiest and best way to participate is to give blood or plasma if you are able. Find a clinic or pop up near you to safely donate. Make sure to check out the list of requirements in order to be able to donate before making your appointment. Once you’ve committed to give, there will be professionals waiting to help guide you every step of the way.
     
  • Volunteer at a Clinic: Even if you aren’t able to participate by giving blood, there are plenty of other ways to take part in World Blood Donor Day. Volunteers may be needed for non-medical portions of the visit, like checking people in and taking their information or following up after the visit to make sure they are feeling well. Ask your local donation site if there are other ways you can get involved.
     
  • Write Thank You Cards: There are everyday heroes working to get blood donations and ensure everybody who needs blood can get it. Take a minute to write some thank you cards for your local clinic. This is a great way to involve your kids or the whole family. Consider reaching out to partner with a classroom or a summer camp to gather thank you cards for those who work to gather blood donations every day, as well as those who are saving lives by giving blood.
     
  • Help Spread Awareness: Use World Blood Donor Day as an opportunity to educate those around you on the importance of donating blood. Consider organizing a blood drive at your work or with your community to help spread awareness. Call up a friend and ask them if they’ve considered donating blood or if they’ll go with you. The more people who know about the importance of donating blood, the more likely the supply will continue to thrive. 

 

If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness. The need to help donate blood will always be there, so consider making a commitment to donate more times throughout the year and set reminders. Together, we can make sure those who really need blood donations can get the help they need and save lives.

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

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  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

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  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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