AABB, America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and the American Red Cross (ARC) urged the Administration to help raise awareness of the continuous need for blood by issuing a Presidential Proclamation for National Blood Donor Month (NBDM) this January. The organizations also submitted suggested proclamation language for White House consideration.
In the letter, AABB, ABC and ARC emphasized that a presidential NBDM proclamation – first issued by President Richard Nixon in 1969 – would be a valuable educational tool to highlight how donating blood is an important act of public service. Such a proclamation would help America’s blood donation community at a critical time, the organizations said. “It is expected that most centers will have just one- or two-days’ worth of blood available during the month of January.”