Governor Otter has proclaimed September fifth "Blood Donation Day."
Monday, September third kicks off National Blood Donation Week, in an effort to raise awareness for the demand for blood donations this time of year.
The proclamation explains a sufficient blood supply is a public health issue both locally and nationally, and hospitals and medical centers need a readily available supply.
One blood donation can help up to three patients. Thirty-eight percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but only ten percent actually do.
Governors across the United States, along with Governor Otter, have made proclamations declaring the day. The states who have "Blood Donation Days" include:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia