In Wake of Tragedy People Unite to Aid through Blood Donations
By: Aaron Tefel
After the sad news that 49 people were killed and another 53 were injured after Sunday’s Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, people from across the state of Florida banded together to help the victims in need by donating blood.
The response from the public in the following hours after the incident was tremendous, where according to CNN more than 5,300 people donated blood through OneBlood on Sunday. This immense response solidified June 12, 2016 as the record-holder for most blood donations received by the OneBlood network in a single day.
While the need for blood had been met by Sunday afternoon to be given to the victims in need after the shooting, OneBlood insists that donations are still needed over time to ensure there is always a healthy supply available to meet demand beforehand.
Today, June 14, is World Blood Donor Day, and this day reminds us that we can make a difference in situations like these by donating on a routine basis to ensure that there is a ready supply available. According to OneBlood’s website, the theme for this year in accordance to this special day is Blood Connects Us All, which highlights the fact no matter where we are we can make a difference in someone’s life through our selfless donations.
You can donate blood at your local OneBlood center or Big Red Bus location. To make an appointment to donate visit Oneblood.org or feel free to call 1-888-9-Donate.