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Blood Donation Month honors selfless heroes

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation (TBSF) held its 2014 Blood Donation Month press conference yesterday, aiming to bring awareness to the importance of donating blood in the wintertime as well as to honor the devoted donators of rare blood types.

As a result of the recent drop in temperature, the willingness of the general public to donate blood has stayed low, with backup provisions depleted to a period of 5.5 days as of yesterday, 7 days lower than the normal amount. Chairman Hu Huey-Te (胡惠德) of TBSF urged the general public during the press conference yesterday saying, “Though it is cold, please don't forget to donate blood!”

Aside from raising public awareness of a potential blood bank shortage, the major event of the press conference was meant to honor devoted blood donators of rare blood types. Two of the featured honorees included Chen Yu-chiu (陳玉秋), a donor possessing the Rh-negative blood type, and Chang Li-chin (張麗勤), a donor possessing the Oh blood type, which is more commonly referred to as the Bombay Blood group.

Both donors have been hailed as heroes as they are currently members of an unofficial self-help group, “The Hot Blooded Squad.” Currently numbering 20,000 members, the self help group consists of members with rare blood types who stay on call 24-7 calls ready to help strangers in need.

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