Blood donors are the guardians of the community. Blood donors are humans helping humans for the good of all. Giving blood is the ultimate act of love and kindness. When caring people come together to give life, our region can rely on a safe, diverse, and robust blood supply for patients in need.
Blood donors share health, hope, and joy through the giving the gift of life. But why do they give? We hear often that donating blood is a duty and responsibility to care for and protect community health.
Families donate as a group in honor of a loved one. A survivor may donate blood to give back the gifts they have received. The why varies from one lifesaver to the next.
Only 3% of the population donates blood. These helpful heroes shoulder the burden. Blood donors protect our neighbors and families. Donations from voluntary unpaid blood donors ensure more local lives are saved.
Blood recipients are grateful. Watch our 3-minute video on YouTube about how blood donors impact life.
“It feels good to be part of a community where we all look out for each other.” — SDBB Donor
There are many ways you can make a difference in the lives of people in your community. Join San Diego Blood Bank and make an impact!
Donate blood on June 14
Save lives at a San Diego Blood Bank location or mobile blood drive in honor of World Blood Donor Day. Register with code: WBDD at check-in. Call (619) 400-8251 to schedule.
Donate blood on a regular basis
Make the pledge to donate every eight weeks or when eligible and earn rewards! Donating blood is a healthy habit and it saves lives. Commit to donating regularly to help ensure hospitals maintain adequate blood supply so patients of all blood types and backgrounds have universal and timely access to safe blood transfusions. Learn more about donor rewards and recognition programs and sign up for the Guardians Circle.
Encourage others to donate blood. Invite a Friend!
Most people have never donated blood because they have not been asked. Make a greater community impact and rally others to join you in donating blood. One pint of blood can help save up to three lives. When you invite your family and friends to donate blood with you, you get to spend time together volunteering for a good cause and your impact multiplies—saving more local lives.
Inspire your community by sharing your blood donation
Show off your blood donation with pride! Tag San Diego Blood Bank in your selfie, group photo, milestone achievement on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for a chance to be featured. #SanDiegoBloodBank #WBDD22
Share San Diego Blood Bank posts on social media
Already donated blood? Not eligible to donate? Help inform your friends and family about the need for blood and how easy it is to become a blood donor. Share any of the #WBDD22 or posts on our social media pages to amplify awareness and celebrate World Blood Donor Day on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Find out if you are eligible to donate
Many people do not know if they can donate blood. To donate blood, you must be 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Learn more about donor eligibility requirements and read Frequently Asked Questions. Still have questions? We're here to help! Call (619) 400-8251.
You never know whose life you will save or who will need the saving? Donating blood for World Blood Donor Day can be your first step in becoming a lifesaver and ensuring blood products like red blood cells, plasma, and platelets, are on the shelves for people in need.
Make a financial gift to fund a blood donation
Financial supporters fuel San Diego Blood Bank's blood collection program through charitable giving and philanthropy. A monthly gift of $15 funds three lifesaving blood donations that can help save up to nine local patients. Learn more about SDBB Foundation and other ways to give.
Together, we save lives!
World Health Organization (WHO): World Blood Donor Day
Thalassemia.org: WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY 2022 | Donating Blood Is An Act Of Solidarity