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WeLoveU Hosts Blood Drive with One of America’s Top Hospitals

WeLoveU Hosts Blood Drive with One of America’s Top Hospitals

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation partners with one of America’s top hospitals to host a blood drive in Boston, Massachusetts.

There’s many things one can accomplish in thirty minutes’ time. And this past Sunday in Boston, around 60 people used that time to save up to 130 lives by donating their blood.

The International WeLoveU Foundation hosted a blood drive on Sunday, November 17, 2019, in partnership with one of America’s top hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This is an addition to the two-month health campaign the WeLoveU Foundation launched this past summer. During that time span, volunteers in more than 50 countries participated to address global blood shortages.

Registration in the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care dining pavilion and health screenings in the Blood Mobile opened at 9 a.m. Hospital personnel joined in the effort to save lives through blood donation on their breaks. The local WeLoveU volunteers were also accompanied by volunteers traveling from Maine and New Hampshire.

While waiting for their turn to donate, participants walked through the series of panels illustrating the works of the International WeLoveU Foundation locally and worldwide. Each activity and project is catered to the needs of each community and aligns with the 17 Global Goals.

I just want you guys to know that it’s so important to thank you all for what you have done. It is amazing to see young people taking on initiatives like this that helps anyone—whoever comes into our hospital and that is in need of blood. It’s a magnificent turn out and is greatly appreciated

Joy Metellus, Nursing Director of Pathology at Brigham & Women's Hospital

One by one, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile filled up quickly with donors. After donating and recharging with snacks and juice, participants enjoyed the rest of the festivities. Many took group photos showing their bandages, proud to have made a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Altogether, the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation’s blood drive in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute helps fulfill Sustainable Development Goal #3—Good Health and Well-Being. The Foundation and its volunteers will continue dedicating themselves to serving the Boston community through volunteer service activities and life-saving projects such as blood drives.

WeLoveU’s Worldwide Blood Drive Lands in Buffalo

WeLoveU’s Worldwide Blood Drive Lands in Buffalo

Relieving Blood Shortages One Donation at a Time

The International WeLoveU Foundation’s 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement has provided blood banks and hospitals with a global network of blood donors since its launch in June. As the need for blood is high and the supply is low, WeLoveU’s campaign aims to relieve global blood shortages. To date, more than 50 countries have participated in WeLoveU’s worldwide blood drive movement.

WeLoveU volunteers in Buffalo, New York also joined this worldwide effort. They organized a blood drive in partnership with ConnectLife (formerly UNYTS) on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the ConnectLife headquarters. Through their partnership, they extended their outreach by enlightening people about the benefits of donating blood. At the same time, their efforts are working to address the blood shortages in the city of Buffalo.

As the city faces blood shortages in the summer, the timing of it all was perfect. WeLoveU volunteers invited everyone from public officials to residents to participate in the blood drive. On the day of the donation, WeLoveU volunteers displayed panels about the importance of donating blood and the statistics surrounding it.

The Big Day!

Starting at 9:30 a.m. for set up, WeLoveU volunteers and ConnectLife staff set up tents, tables and chairs. Commemorating the day, they took a group photo and by noon registration opened and donors poured through the door. 

Roughly 70 people walked through ConnectLife’s doors to donate. Not to mention, WeLoveU volunteers traveled from Syracuse and Rochester to join. Outside the blood center, there was face painting for children, families enjoying food and even dancing.

“Being a member of this community, we would like to thank the WeLoveU Foundation for being very conscious about the problems and the issues that are going on far abroad and here at home, especially in the community of Buffalo. Even though their whole intention is international, I’m glad to hear they were also responsive in the recent emergency call in the region of Buffalo.” 

– Dr. Nader Nader, Chief of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs

The event concluded with ConnectLife presenting the WeLoveU Foundation a Certificate of Appreciation for their life-saving efforts. Through the donors’ collective efforts, approximately 117 lives can be saved through their donations.

2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement Results

2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement Results

#WeLoveSavingLives

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. 

When it All Began Along the Eastern Seaboard…

Nanuet, NY

Elmsford, NY

Fishkill, NY

Oradell, NJ

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

Puerto Rico

Haiti

Barbados

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

Buffalo, NY

Newark, DE

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. 

WeLoveU and Tova Community Health Partner for Worldwide Blood Drive

WeLoveU and Tova Community Health Partner for Worldwide Blood Drive

Worldwide Blood Drive Comes to Newark, Delaware

On August 25, 2019, the International WeLoveU Foundation hosted a blood drive in partnership with Tova Community Health, the Blood Bank of Delmarva and the Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA as part of a global initiative to reduce blood shortages. 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. This effort is part of WeLoveU’s 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement and helps fulfill Sustainable Development Goal #3—Good Health and Well-Being.

Preparation for the Big Day 

To spread awareness about the importance of blood donations and to promote the drive, volunteers tabled at the YMCA, local gyms and Barnes & Nobles for two weeks before the event. Many people signed up for the WeLoveU newsletter and also registered to attend the blood drive. Staff member from the YMCA, where the blood drive was hosted, connected with WeLoveU’s mission to help people, were one of the first donors of the day.

Sharing Love Through Blood Donation ♥

On the day of the drive, volunteers gathered early in the morning to set up the gym. They helped the blood donation center setup and also prepared a children’s area. While parents donated, the children were able to have their faces painted, color, and play games.

More than 70 volunteers participated and all of them successfully donated blood. In total, 70 pints of blood (16 double red cells donations and 54 whole blood donations), which can save up to 210 lives, was collected.  

Dr. Nina Anderson, the Founder and Executive Director of Tova Community Health, spoke at the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation’s 2019 Save the World Global Forum in Seoul, South Korea. Specializing in Sickle Cell Anemia, the worldwide blood drive resonated with her. 

Partnering with WeLoveU, she said, “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.”

Velda Jones-Potter, the City Treasurer of Wilmington, DE, also commended the efforts of WeLoveU and Dr. Anderson.

“Nina and I both grew up in Wilmington. Wilmington is home for us and both grew up knowing what the needs of the community are and for our own personal experiences developing a commitment to really bringing things to the community that can make their lives better. I am thrilled to support the kind of work that the WeLoveU Foundation does and that Nina does because lives of people in our community are better as a result of it.”

WeLoveU Foundation is excited to continue their work in local communities in the state of Delaware and look forward to upcoming opportunities to share the love of a mother to those in distressed communities.

WeLoveU Partners with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for Blood Drive

WeLoveU Partners with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for Blood Drive

The Act of Giving Life

On Sunday, August 4, 2019, WeLoveU’s Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement took place in the South Amboy YMCA in New Jersey in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Nearly two months ago, the International WeLoveU Foundation launched the blood drive movement on World Blood Donor Day. As blood circulates throughout the entire body, the movement has reached more than 50 countries around the world. A chain reaction of blood drives ensued and is now happening in South Amboy, NJ.

Buoyed by Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah’s message at the 2019 Save the World Global Forum that, “blood donation is sharing life,” around 150 volunteers braved the heat to share life by donating blood.

In cooperation with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the WeLoveU volunteers walked guests through panels explaining the importance of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation and serious blood shortages. Through the educational panels, guests became enlightened as to why donating blood is one of the most giving actions they can take.

Vice President of Operations Charles Wilson from Robert Wood Johnson attended the blood drive in the South Amboy YCMA.

He spoke to a group of volunteers about his experience and shared saying, “I’ve been to quite a bit of blood drivers over the past couple of years. And I’m not just saying this because I’m here, but this really is one of the most well-organized blood drives I’ve been to. And that’s a fact!” He continued on, “As I was driving up and see this sea of blue, the only that that outshined this sea of blue was the smile on your faces and you’re still wearing them. I’ve learned quite a bit about your organization in the past hour. An organization such as this, everyone should know about!”

The donor’s efforts yielded 93 whole blood units along with 18 units of plasma. In total, these donations can help more than 300 lives!  Not only will many of those in need receive blood transfusions, but dozens of first-time donors are inspired to participate in future blood drives and volunteer service activities. 

Working Together for Global Harmony

Formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, the WeLoveU Foundation is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with all people. The Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement in particular focuses on Global Goal #3—Good Health & Well-Being. Hand-in-hand, the WeLoveU Foundation will continue working to ensure healthy living and promote well-being for all. 

To read about WeLoveU’s blood drive results along the East Coast, visit the summary post.

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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