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WeLoveU Volunteers in Puerto Rico Take Action and Host Blood Drive

WeLoveU Volunteers in Puerto Rico Take Action and Host Blood Drive

The Island of Enchantment Joins Worldwide Blood Drive

Nowadays, society faces frequent accidents, diseases, and natural disasters, which affects the lives of countless people. However, a big problem we face, though not commonly thought of, is blood shortages. Every year, the need for blood transfusion increases.

That’s one of the reasons why the WeLoveU Foundation was motivated to launch the 2019 One-Two Worldwide Blood Drive Movement to establish a network of volunteers to readily donate blood. From the campaign launch date, June 14, until the end of August, blood drives swept the globe. And on Sunday, July 28, 2019, WeLoveU’s Blood Drive Movement began in Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico confronts blood shortages on a daily basis. To meet the needs of patients dealing with illnesses and other circumstances, Puerto Rico hospitals and clinics require at least 550 pints of blood. Therefore, to help maintain the blood supply, the WeLoveU volunteers participated in this global movement. 

Getting an early start, more than 80 donors arrived at the Mutual Services Blood Bank with great enthusiasm. While the institution’s staff made preparations, the members decorated the space; creating a cozy and warm atmosphere.

One by one, volunteers filled the donation beds and donated life-saving blood. Thanks to the efforts of the donors, around 83 pints of blood, equivalent to 249 lives were collected. The members of the International WeLoveU Foundation aspire to continue sharing love through dedicated volunteer services to unite the global village and save lives of those in despair. 

>> Read about WeLoveU’s blood drive results along the East Coast and Caribbean and around the world!

 

Five States in the Southeast Unite for Worldwide Blood Drive Movement

Five States in the Southeast Unite for Worldwide Blood Drive Movement

WeLoveU’s One-Two Blood Drive Movement Reaches Florida

On July 21, 2019, the International WeLoveU Foundation hosted its 261st Worldwide Blood Drive. The summer blood drive took place at OneBlood’s office located in Lantana, Florida. Donors gathered together from the five most southeastern states in the USA—North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

The Intl. 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 to enlighten people’s perception about donating blood. This movement helps fulfill the Sustainable Development Goal #3—Good Health and Well-Being. 

With donations ongoing from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., volunteers waited for their turn to donate by playing outdoor games, face painting and even wildlife observation. In total, 168 volunteers offered to donate their blood and contribute to the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation’s global initiative to reduce blood shortages.

Among those who applied to donate, 120 pints of whole blood were collected and 18 platelet donations were completed—the donation of platelets filters the blood donation out into plasma, platelets and red blood cells and takes anywhere from 40-120 minutes to complete.  As a result of this drive, the platelet donations will be used to help patients undergoing chemotherapy, and the whole blood donations offered in a single afternoon will save up to 360 lives in urgent need of blood.

According to the World Health Organization’s statistics, non-remunerated blood donors are proven to donate the healthiest blood; non-remunerated blood donors are those who donate freely without receiving payment. As such, all 168 participants in the weekend blood drive came to the event without any expectation of compensation. Instead, being moved by the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation’s emphasis on delivering motherly love to all mankind, the volunteers chose to give their time to give the gift of life through healthy blood donations.

WeLoveU Volunteers in Virginia Brave the Heat to Save Lives

WeLoveU Volunteers in Virginia Brave the Heat to Save Lives

On July 21, 2019, volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation, primarily from Washington D.C., carried out a blood drive at the Inova Blood Donor Services in Annandale, Virginia. The six-hour event attracted over 120 participants who braved the scorching heat to donate blood.

As part of the WeLoveU Foundation’s 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement, WeLoveU chapters on the East Coast from New York to Miami carried out blood drives on the same day in order to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically #3, Good Health and Well-Being.

Every two seconds, someone is in need of blood– from newborn babies to elderly; and about one in seven people admitted to the hospital needs a blood transfusion. The summer months are often slow for blood donation centers but WeLoveU volunteers were out in full force as they excitedly registered to donate blood.

WeLoveU Foundation volunteers educated guests about the importance of blood donation and the other SDGs. Despite the heat index reaching over 100 degrees, there was smiles all around as volunteers waited to be screened for donation.

“I’m so happy because I got to donate for the first time! I was able to save three lives,” volunteer Peta Abdul-Azeez stated after leaving the center.

The staff at the Inova Blood Donor Services were particularly thankful for the event, as a trauma patient from the previous night had emptied the hospital’s blood supply.

The total number of pints donated was eighty– ten more than originally expected. With these eighty pints, many lives will be saved in the coming days. This blood drive is just one of the many ways the WeLoveU Foundation brings awareness and action to the United Nations’ SDGs. Read about WeLoveU’s blood drive summary along the East Coast here.

WeLoveU Volunteers in Philadelphia Roll up Sleeves to Donate Blood

WeLoveU Volunteers in Philadelphia Roll up Sleeves to Donate Blood

Temperatures Rising and so Is the Need for Blood

During the summer months, many blood centers run short all throughout the nation. Many college students, who play a major role in blood donations, are on break and people tend to be much busier with their  planned vacations and outings. Although summer is the optimal time to take a break, the need for blood never takes a break, especially since people are more active during the summer, when there is a greater potential for injuries that result in transfusion.

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, around 80 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation in Philadelphia, PA and local residents shared the love of life by donating their blood. The WeLoveU Foundation partnered with Miller-Keystone Blood Center, which serves 22 local hospitals in the region. This blood drive was a part of a global effort around under WeLoveU’s 2019 One-Two Blood Drive Movement

The WeLoveU volunteers are taking the lead in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, this time in particular #3: Good Health and Well-Being.

Volunteers arrived as early as 7 a.m. to set-up for the first donor arrival at 10:30 a.m. Upon arriving, donors began a brief medical screening process. Then, each approved donor waited for their turn to to donate their blood. After each donation, donors re-energized by eating snacks and sitting in the recovery station.

From the participant’s efforts, about 50 pints of blood were collected, which can save up to 150 lives! Today’s donation helps the Miller-Keystone Blood Center provide life-saving blood to the hospitals they serve. 

Sharing the Gift of Life ♥

Blood is remarkable. It contains life and it cannot be recreated—it must be donated. Blood drives such as WeLoveU’s 2019 One-Two Worldwide Blood Drive Movement helps communities since the blood is distributed locally. This means the lives of our family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and many others can be saved. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the United States is in need of blood, and more than 40,000 pints of blood is transfused daily. [1]

>> Read WeLoveU’s Overall 2019 One-Two Blood Drive Movement Results Along the East Coast

 

WeLoveU Volunteers in New York City Partner with Vitalant for Blood Drive

WeLoveU Volunteers in New York City Partner with Vitalant for Blood Drive

The Capital of the World Donates Blood

On Sunday, July 21, 2019, the International WeLoveU Foundation partnered with one of the oldest and largest non-profit transfusion organizations in the United States—Vitalant—for the 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement. More than 100 WeLoveU volunteers participated in this life-saving movement at the Vanderbilt YMCA in New York City to supply the blood bank with donations to carry out their critical operations and transfusions. 

On June 14—World Blood Donor’s Day—the International WeLoveU Foundation announced the 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement to address global shortages. Each pint of blood donated, enables us to save up to three lives. About 50 pints of blood were donated saving 150 lives!

Molly Hollister, Community Board Six Chair, attended the 2019 Worldwide Blood Drive Movement in New York, New York and shared, “I’m so happy to be here today. Amazing event, fantastic volunteers. It’s really great to have all these people coming here today to give blood. We do have a shortage here.”

Community Participation For a Great Cause

A resident saw the action taking place in the YMCA and decided to register to donate blood. Living half a block away, she said, “In the time that it takes to watch one TV episode, you can save three lives, which is why I did so today. Seeing you guys has put emphasis on why I should volunteer.”

Statistics show blood is needed every two seconds due to patients suffering from emergencies or those undergoing cancer treatments or surgeries may require blood transfusions. Newborn babies often rely on the generosity and selflessness of blood donors. WeLoveU has been organizing blood drives since 2004 to help reduce the shortages.

Donors play a crucial role in saving lives at a moment’s notice. As a recompense, every participant felt much joy in their decision and action to help others in need. Check out WeLoveU’s 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement overall results along the East Coast and internationally.

Racky, a Vitalant phlebotomist, thanks everyone who donated, saying, “Thank you for inviting us. It was a great turn out. I just want to thank you for your will to save lives.” 

A WeLoveU volunteer, Geraldine, said, “This is an amazing cause because every donation can save up to three lives. I hope many people can join to help the global village.”

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