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.