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June 14 marks a special day on the calendar — World Blood Donor Day, dedicated to honoring the selfless individuals who generously donate their blood to save lives. 

But equally important are blood drive coordinators, the unsung heroes who play a pivotal role in our mission’s success.

As we approach this important occasion, we reflect on the extraordinary impact our blood donors and blood drive coordinators have made and continue to make every day.

Volunteer blood drive hosts in communities across the U.S. inspire friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to donate blood by organizing and promoting blood drives. You can host a blood drive virtually or in person, and no special skills are needed — simply a desire to help others and a few basic requirements.

Every donation collected at a blood drive coordinated by you has the potential to save up to three lives. Whether it's a small community event or a large-scale corporate drive, your dedication ensures that patients receive the blood they need to survive and thrive. 

Whether you desire to do good or wish to honor the memory of someone who has benefited from a blood transfusion, you have the power to touch countless strangers in need of help, people from all walks of life who just want to get home to their families. 

Though World Blood Donor Day spotlights the importance of blood donation, the need for donors and blood drive coordinators extends far beyond that one day. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. To combat the demand, blood drive coordinators are needed year-round to organize events, engage communities, and ensure a safe and stable blood supply for patients.

The time and energy given for the cause puts the interconnectedness of humanity on full display, a reminder that we have to support one another in times of need.

Consider hosting your first blood drive in 2024.

Article published for the Vital Connections newsletter.