In recent years, reports have suggested that blood banks in the United States are noticing a significant decrease in donors. As the largest social network, Facebook is trying to make the blood donation process easier in several countries in its primary social network. And now, users in the major U.S. cities will soon start noticing same functionality to make it easier for them to find a nearby blood donation center which is in need in donors.
Shortly after the social network launched its blood donation related feature in Pakistan, India, Brazil, and Bangladesh back in 2017, the feature became extremely popular as more than 35 million people signed up to the platform from those countries. Most importantly, according to Facebook, over 20 percent of the individuals participating in blood donation cites Facebook as the major influencing factor in their decision.
As mentioned earlier, the number of blood donors are significantly lower than the required number in the U.S. As a result, Facebook has decided to bring the feature to make it easier to donate blood for those who are interested. According to the official blog post, users in Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, New York City, and Baltimore will see the feature at the moment. However, the company revealed that the functionality will eventually make it across all of the U.S. states in the coming days.
If you are interested, you can find the nearest blood donation center and sign up to become a donor. After you’ve signed up, you will receive alerts in case a center requires blood donations.