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WeLoveU 2019 One-Two Blood Drive Movement Results

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The International WeLoveU Foundation launched the 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement on June 14—World Blood Donor’s Day—and the results are summarized below. The blood drive campaign aims 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. 

When it All Began Along the Eastern Seaboard…

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

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!

Blood Donations Lead Into August

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. 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. 

“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

13 thoughts on “WeLoveU 2019 One-Two Blood Drive Movement Results”

  1. Chanequa Grant

    Wow! WeLoveU foundation volunteers are so amazing and seem genuinely happy to be serving their communities and the world with such selfless donations. There really is no substitute for treatment for some people blood is the only way to save them. So happy to see such great efforts!

  2. Mike Schardinger

    Wow! it’s an honor to be a part of the International WeLoveU Foundation Volunteers and it’s even more exciting to see how many donations were made on the East Coast and Caribbean Islands. It seems to be that almost 3000 lives were saved!

    Also, with the recent tragedy of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, these kinds of acts of kindness are incredibly life-saving. Truly the WeLoveU Foundation is saving innumerable lives spreading this love of a Mother to the whole world. Let’s keep up the fight for life!

    1. As a member of the WeLoveU foundation I was of course excited to join together and participate. This summer, my parents heard about a WeLoveU blood drive in NJ. They looked at all sorts of information about how WeLoveU works to save the world and the selfless efforts of the foundation, members and even volunteers that dropped by to see, helping the world in so many ways all together brought (especially my mom) to tears. “With THIS mind and effort, we will save the world. The heart of a mother”

  3. I have been a member of the WeLoveU foundation now for about a year and since I’ve joined there has been so many opportunities to help give back to my community! I know of hundreds of organizations for volunteering but I must say this one has truly touched my heart. The effort, care & love that goes into the many meaningful events and being able to take part in a global mission which will help unify us all is priceless! I was very excited to donate for the blood drive in Delaware and hope to continue donating every year with WeLoveU. I love it, keep up the good work 👍🏼 #savinglives

  4. I am soo happy to be part of such an amazing foundation that spreads soo much love to people who are in desperate need of this life-giving blood. Thanks to the Chairwoman for setting such a beautiful example so that all of us can follow in helping the people in the world spread love to one another. WE LOVE U!

  5. The WeLoveU foundation has stayed true to its mission of spreading awareness throughout the country with continuous and concentrated effort in saving lives through blood drives. I participated in the Delaware chapter this year and never knew the shortages that existed in the area. Moreover, as a sickle cell trait carrier, I found this to be even more urgent and will continue to do my part by donating blood every year. What’s more, I was greeted by smiling faces and equally pleased with the festivities! This wasn’t just “a blood drive” this organization represents a group of compassionate and caring volunteers eager to raise awareness and participate in saving lives. I am happy to have been a part of this years blood drive and would be delighted to continue to donate when they return to our town.

  6. I was so shocked to see that there was such a huge blood shortage all around the world. To see all the volunteers in different locations along the East coast join in such a great event to save lives is so touching. The WeLoveU Foundation is such an amazing organization that will definitely make the world a better and happier place.
    Thank you for all the efforts and smiles of all the volunteers.

  7. I am so thankful and happy to be a part of the WeLoveU Foundation. This organization is making great efforts in our society around the world and is getting its recognition that it deserves!

  8. I never would have thought that less than 1% of the population donates blood. WeLoveU volunteers are certainly paving the way for the world through their good example!

  9. Wow, the WeLoveU Foundation is truly making a difference in the world! Thank you for your beautiful example and willingness to help all humanity! We love you!

    1. This is truly amazing!!! WeLoveU loves not just one part of the world but the WHOLE world! Thank You to the Chairwoman, Zahng Gil-jah, of the WeLoveU Foundation and all the volunteers for willingly donating blood to save lives. You have done such an amazing job of bringing people from all walks of life together to combat global blood shortage with Mother’s love.

    2. The WeLoveU foundation has the huge mission to help the whole world but they accepted that mission with a heart of love. It’s easy to tell how much each member cares just by the smiles on their faces! They work so hard to save lives and raise awareness for blood donations and their work is now known in so many countries. I was shocked to see WeLoveU is the first organization to have global networks of constant blood supply. How amazing that over 50 countries participated with so many volunteers! WeLoveU foundation is really #1 and I hope everyone can be a part of this organization to save the world. Great job! WE LOVE YOU!

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