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20th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day: Rhode Island Blood Center sets blood drives

Blood center holding several blood drives on June 14th, World Blood Donor Day 

Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) is highlighting the 20th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day on Friday, June 14th. This annual celebration is an opportunity for blood centers across the world to thank donors for their lifesaving donations and honor their profound impact on patients. Blood donations cannot be manufactured, which means our nation’s blood supply and patients’ access to safe blood transfusion depends on the selfless generosity of blood donors.

The World Health Organization (WHO) organizes World Blood Donor Day each year, and countries across the world participate. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 20 years of giving” to thank blood donors and promote a culture of regular blood donation among young people and the general public, increasing the diversity and sustainability of the blood donor pool worldwide.

World Blood Donor Day comes at a critical time, as the summer months are typically  challenging for blood collection. Hospitals typically see a spike in trauma cases during the summer months, which can put a strain on the blood supply. Additionally, school breaks, increased travel, and busy summer schedules often make blood donation less of a priority.

“World Blood Donor Day is a special occasion for us to recognize and thank our dedicated donors,” said Caitlin Grimaldi-Flick, Marketing and Communication Manager at Rhode Island Blood Center. “As we enter the summer months, we face a critical need for blood donations and urge everyone in our community to donate and support this lifesaving cause. Your generosity ensures that patients can continue to have access to safe and readily available blood products when they need them.”

This World Blood Donor Day, local donors can sign up for the following blood drives, or visit to find a donation location near them. 

  • Kent Hospital, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sign up HERE)
    • 455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick, RI 02886
  • Dave’s Marketplace Hoxsie, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sign up HERE)
    • 18 Airport Rd., Warwick, RI 02889
  • Dave’s Marketplace – Quonset, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sign up HERE)
    • 105 Gate Road – Quonset, North Kingstown, RI 02852
  • Dave’s Marketplace – Cranston, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sign up HERE)
    • 550 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910
  • Dunn’s Corner Fire Department, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Sign up HERE)
    • 1 Langworthy Road, Westerly, RI 02891
  • Little Compton Fire Department, 2:00 am – 7:00 pm (Sign up HERE)
    • 60 Simmons Road, Little Compton, RI 02837

About Rhode Island Blood Center
Founded in 1979, Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) celebrates 45 Years of Extraordinary Lifesaving Research, Innovation and Impact. RIBC is the primary supplier of blood and blood products to patients being cared for in hospitals throughout Rhode Island and in neighboring states. Our mission is to help save lives by ensuring a safe, plentiful, and cost-effective blood supply. RIBC is also part of the National Marrow Donor Program and collects stem cells for transplant at its Providence location. RIBC provides therapeutic treatments for patients in local hospitals and our state-of-the-art laboratory performs donor testing for over 400,000 donations per year. RIBC is also involved in a variety of local and national research programs in an effort to improve all aspects of the blood supply. RIBC is a Division of New York Blood Center, Inc. (a family of operating Divisions known as New York Blood Center Enterprises).

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