The International WeLoveU Foundation launched the 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement on June 14—World Blood Donor’s Day—to raise awareness about the necessity of blood donations and enlighten people’s perception about donating blood.
In preparation of the campaign launch, the WeLoveU Foundation hosted the Save the World Global Forum from May 22 until May 24. Speakers from Ecuador, Chile, Bangladesh, and Iraq, including keynote speaker Peter Dawkins, Chief of United Nations Web Services, and Dr. Nina Anderson, CEO and Founder of Tova Health Community, discussed ways to ease worldwide blood supply shortages.
From June to August, nearly 200 locations in more than 50 countries participated in the blood drive movement. The WeLoveU Foundation is the first organization in the world to set up global networks of volunteers to provide a constant supply of blood. According to the World Health Organization’s stats, non-remunerated blood donors—who donate freely without receiving payment—are proven to donate the healthiest blood.
Four blood drives took place in the trisate area in New York and New Jersey on Sunday, July 7, 2019, in partnership with Vitalant and the New York Blood Center.
More than 200 volunteers participated and 163 successfully donated. With each pint of blood saving up to three lives, the WeLoveU blood donors efforts can help save up to 489 lives!
“I’m actually speechless. The difference that WeLoveU makes in so many different areas is impressive. I’m very hopeful that the blood donated today makes a difference in people’s lives who need it, and it’s a terrific feeling to know that you guys are helping.”
– Jeff Peters, Police Officer, Oradell Police Department
West Orange, NJ
On Sunday, July 14, 2019, roughly 90 volunteers comprised of WeLoveU members and walk-ins donated blood in West Orange, NJ’s City Hall. Mayor Robert D. Parisi supported the global blood drive effort by providing WeLoveU with space to host the event in partnership with Vitalant. Enough blood was donated to save 186 lives!
Blood donor services were abuzz on Sunday, July 21, 2019, with five blood drives happening simultaneously. From top left to right, WeLoveU volunteers hosted blood drives in Philadelphia, PA, East Hartford, CT, and New York City, NY. From bottom left to right, volunteers also gathered together in Annandale, VA and Lantana, FL. All in all, their joint efforts led to donating blood to save more than 1,000 lives!
Between July 25 and 28, the U.S. Virgin Islands also participated in WeLoveU’s Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement. While the 23rd New Life Family Walkathon was taking place, volunteers overseas donated to save up to 400 lives!
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Blood Donations Lead Into August
South Amboy, NJ
Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and the WeLoveU Foundation partnered together to host a blood drive in the South Amboy YMCA. Whole blood units and plasma donations were in high supply on Sunday, August 5, 2019, yielding 333 life-saving donations.
“As I was driving up and see this sea of blue, the only thing that out-shined this sea of blue was the smile on your faces and you’re still wearing them.”
– Charles Wilson, Vice President of Operations, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital
Wrapping up the 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement, WeLoveU volunteers organized blood drives in Buffalo, NY and Newark, DE. Each location had a fun and meaningful time reflecting on the impact of their blood donation.
In Delaware specifically, the blood drive was in partnership with Dr. Nina Anderson and the Blood Bank of Delamarva in the Bear-Glasgow YMCA. Joining alongside Dr. Nina was also the City Treasurer of Wilmington, Delaware, Velda Jones-Potter.
“I was very excited about the opportunity provided by the WeLoveU Foundation to share my work about sickle cell, but also the importance of increasing the blood donors in the African American community because less than 1% of our community donates blood and since your mission is also to really try to combat blood shortages, it fits right in line with your goals and initiatives.”
– Dr. Nina Anderson, CEO and Founder, Tova Community Health
Between both locations, volunteers efforts contributed to saving 891 lives! WeLoveU Foundation is looking forward to continue working in local communities and sharing the love of a mother wherever there may be a need.