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.
“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 out shined 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!”Charles Wilson, Robert Wood Johnson Vice President of Operations
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.