By Felicia Farnsworth

World Blood Donor Day is June 14, 2021. Blood donation dates back to the 17th century when doctors were scientists and just started to learn the human body's dynamics and inner workings.

The doctors of that time knew that blood was a vital commodity to the human body, and losing too much of it would lead to tragic consequences.

Although the first transfusions were poorly administered and had tragic results, in 1818, an obstetrician saved the life of a young mother who hemorrhaged after giving birth with a successful blood transfusion.

Medical facilities need a steady supply of healthy people willing to give their blood for hospital use in transfusions. Without blood donors, health services would deteriorate. World Blood Donor Day is an event that informs people of the necessity of blood collection and how they can contribute.

The event also works to improve methods of collection and delivery.

The best way to celebrate World Blood Donor Day is to give blood. With COVID-19 among us, blood donations are needed more than ever. LifeSouth Community Blood Center serves Bullock County and surrounding areas. Their next visit will be June 29, 2021.

The blood bus will be in front of the Bullock County Hospital from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m.

In the meantime, please visit their website, donors.lifesouth.org, to find other locations.

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