A safe blood supply is something many in the U.S. take for granted.  All countries don’t employ the same precautions to ensure their blood bank is safe or have an adequate supply available – for example in some areas in Europe, patients are required to find donors to replace the blood they use.

June 14, 2011 marks the annual recognition of World Blood Donors Day. As described by the World Health Organization (WHO) this worldwide event is meant to “raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their live-saving gifts of blood.”

In the U.S. every two seconds someone needs blood. If you’re looking to help provide a solution to this problem, visit the American Red Cross website to find a blood drive.

If you’re abroad and want to join in on the festivities, view the list of world events here.

Thanks to all who give!

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