"Across New Zealand, there are 110,000 active donors, all of whom save the lives of almost 29,000 people around the country every year".
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The Missing Type campaign is taking place during National Blood Donor Week, which this year is commemorating its 10th anniversary.
Allen said that outside of collection during this week, he is encouraging individuals to make blood donation a habit.
In order to donate blood, you have to be 18-years-old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and have a valid identification card.
Additionally, a survey published by the Red Cross highlights misconceptions that hamper efforts to supply enough blood to hospitals and clinics that need it.
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"Every two seconds someone in the USA needs blood".
This year holds special significance as we reflect on the generosity of donors who helped to save the lives of many victims of violence at our nation's schools, as well as those who so generously donate to help patients in need on a regular basis.
"We need only two per cent of the population to give blood annually to be able to meet our local demand for the precious commodity", he said.
The Red Cross hopes this will illustrate the critical role that every blood donor plays.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has called on the public to donate blood this summer as these months can be some of the most challenging for the service. She is also battling sickle cell disease, an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. Sickle cell disease patients can suffer a range of conditions, including acute anemia, tissue and organ damage, awful pain and even strokes. He said, "I have to come back every three weeks to get blood transfusions".
Everyone who registers to donate blood from May 29 through September 1 at a CBC Donor Center or a CBC mobile blood drive will be automatically entered in the "Build a Better Blood Supply Summer Blood Drive" drawing to win a $5,000 home improvement gift card. "Lily needed blood products just as much as the chemo or the treatment".