WeLoveU’s One-Two Blood Drive Movement Reaches Florida
On July 21, 2019, the International WeLoveU Foundation hosted its 261st Worldwide Blood Drive in the southeast region in the United States. 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.