Alabama Blood Donation Day

By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, the State of Alabama is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our state; and
WHEREAS, a sufficient blood supply is a public safety concern both locally and nationally, and our hospitals and medical centers need to sustain a healthy supply for our residents and visitors; and
WHEREAS, one blood donation can help up to three patients, and although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent actually do; and
WHEREAS, Alabama is home to a number of committed public service and private organizations working to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation, including United Blood Services, American Red Cross, the Dr. Daliah Show, and many others; and
WHEREAS, the Alabama Blood Donation Day effectively serves to remind us that we need to replenish our blood supply through donation and community awareness:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim September 8th, 2017, as
Alabama Blood Donation Day
in the State of Alabama, and I encourage all the people of Alabama to support our local blood drives, as saving lives and protecting our citizens is our primary goal.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 8th day of September 2017.
Kay Ivey