Happy World Blood Donor Day!
You are the lifeblood of our community, and thousands of lives have been saved in San Diego this year thanks to donors’ commitment to giving back.
We’ve been reflecting this week on the critical role donors play when disasters and emergencies strike. This past Tuesday marked the anniversary of the terror attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
Within hours after the shooting, thousands of people began donating blood, not only in Florida, but in other states as well. In the first 24 hours after the shooting, more than 300 pints of blood were used to help victims. Check out this video to see the amazing story through the eyes of first responders and hospital staff.
Amid immense tragedy, community members bring hope by showing up in masses to lend an arm. The blood donated following an emergency is essential for restocking the blood supply. But it’s the blood on the shelves that makes the difference between life and death in those first critical hours and days.
Emergencies are tough because the timing is unexpected. While we can’t know when a terrorist attack, car accident or life-threatening birth complication might happen, we can be prepared by having ample blood ready to distribute immediately.
Lauren, Bryan and Taniya each required emergency blood transfusions following car accidents or birth complications. They are alive today thanks to blood on the shelves from dedicated donors.
That’s where you come in. We can’t afford to wait for another emergency – please donate blood today and help get the word out.
PS – Did you know that the San Diego Blood Bank is one of three California blood banks responsible for coordinating the distribution of blood products throughout California in the event of a major disaster or act of terrorism? Just one more reason to help us be prepared.