June 14: World Blood Donor Day

give bloodJune 14 is World Blood Donor Day. The World Health Organization started the day in 2003 to encourage more people to volunteer to give blood, so today is the 10th anniversary.

The theme for 2013 is “Give the gift of life: donate blood.” Apparently many countries still depend on family members and paid donors, which can cause quite a problem during a crisis. That’s why World Blood Donor Day encourages qualified people everywhere to go to a blood drive and get started.

“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”

Matthew 10:7-8

or, for the more squeamish among us, Psalm 59:2

“Deliver me from evildoers
and save me from those who are after my blood.”

Sorry. I couldn’t resist! 🙂

P.S. Happy Flag Day!

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