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.