LifeSouth recognizing donors on World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day takes place on June 14

Monday is World Blood Donor Day. News4Jax Reporter Corley Peel shows us how LifeSouth Community Blood Center is celebrating.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A blood bank is recognizing donors on World Blood Donor Day.

Those who donate blood are being celebrated on World Blood Donor Day on Monday, June 14.

“There’s really no substitute for blood donations. You can’t manufacture blood. iy really is a gift that one human can give to another,” said Brite Whitaker, who is the director of communications and outreach for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.

LifeSouth is holding blood drives at various locations:

Sunday, June 13:

  • PetSmart on Wells Road from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wrestling Con from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, June 14:

  • Old Time Pottery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Winston Family YMCA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Anyone 16 and older is eligible to donate if they’re in good health,” Whitaker said. “It’s also important to know, if you received one or both of the COVID-19 vaccines, you are also eligible to donate.”

If you are not eligible, Whitaker said, you can still make an impact.

“You can encourage your friends and family to donate blood. You can also help organize blood drives with your business, organization, church, neighborhood association,” said Whitaker.

Whitaker said that if more people donate, more lives can be saved.

Those who donate can receive a $20 e-gift card and a T-shirt.

Tomorrow is World Blood Donor Day and so all weekend long, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is making it easy for you to donate. The Director of Communications and Outreach at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Brite Whitaker joins us to discuss how you can help.

About the Author:

Corley Peel is a Texas native and Texas Tech graduate who covered big stories in Joplin, Missouri, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jacksonville, Florida before returning to the Lone Star State. When not reporting, Corley enjoys hot yoga, Tech Football, and finding the best tacos in town.