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Red Cross: Latter-day Saints donate more blood than other groups

Oct 1, 2021, 1:47 PM

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SALT LAKE CITY — Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donate 100,000 units of blood every year.

Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, told the Deseret News that outperforms any other group. 

“There is no organization, no institution anywhere that comes close to that,” she said.

Latter-day Saints are big blood donors

McGovern linked faith to charitable giving, a relationship she sees in her own religion, Judaism, and in The Church of Jesus Christ.

The relationship between religious piety and charity in the church, McGovern continued, is evident in “volunteer involvement by so many members” and “in the powerful work that Latter-day Saint Charities does around the world.”

As reported by Deseret News, Martin Luther King III drew a similar conclusion during his recent visit to Brigham Young University. In King’s forum address he “praised the church for its collective service around the world.” 

Bonneville International Corporation, the company that owns KSL NewsRadio, is a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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Red Cross: Latter-day Saints donate more blood than other groups