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Love and Give on Valentine's Day: National Donor Day

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017
Valentine’s Day, February 14th is National Donor Day, to celebrate the organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood donations that save and improve lives every day while acknowledging and addressing the huge need for donors that continues to exist.

Valentine’s Day, February 14th is National Donor Day, to celebrate the organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood donations that save and improve lives every day while acknowledging and addressing the huge need for donors that continues to exist.

Be an organ donor

There are over 120,000 men, women, and children waiting for organ transplants, and each day 22 more people die waiting for transplants. In the tragic event of one’s death, they can give life to these people waiting for their chance for survival. While 98 percent of Americans report to support organ donations, less than half successfully register. Registering is easy. You may have already identified yourself as a donor when getting or renewing your drivers’ license. You can check and update your status by visiting your local DMV’s website. Another way to register is through the national organ donor website. A single registered donor can save eight lives. Talk to your family and loved ones about your decision.

Donate Blood

Every three seconds, another person needs a blood transfusion. Keeping up a supply to fit this need requires a lot of donations. Donating blood is quick and easy, and any eligible adult can donate blood every 56 days. A single pint donation can save up to three lives. If it’s so easy to save lives, there should never be a blood shortage. The American Red Cross makes it easy to donate blood with an online locator and scheduler. You can also look into ways to work with the Red Cross to set up blood drives in your community or at your office.

Share the love

While you are sharing cards and moments with your Valentines, share awareness of this way to give back. It only takes a few minutes to potentially save many lives.