BloodCenter of Wisconsin is asking donors to recognize World Blood Donor Day, June 14, by making a life-saving gift in the month of June.
World Blood Donor Day was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004 to thank blood donors for their generosity and to raise awareness of the need for ongoing blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
Blood donors in Hillsboro can do their part for patients at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s upcoming June blood drive in Hillsboro June 15 from 1-5 p.m. at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics, 400 Water Ave.
Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376), or visiting www.bcw.edu.
The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Thank you for saving my life.” It aims to highlight stories of people who have benefitted from blood donation to encourage regular donors to continue to give, and inspire people who have never given blood, particularly young people, to begin doing so.
Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.