January: National Blood Donor Month
National Blood Donor Month honors blood donors and stresses the importance of donating blood. And there is no better time to donate blood than during January.
Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. That’s why all eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate blood during National Blood Donor Month.
Donate Blood, Save Three Lives
You can save up to three lives, according to the America’s Blood Centers (ABC) when you donate blood. Blood is needed for emergencies, surgeries and people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell, anemia and other illnesses. Blood donors play a vital role in meeting the daily blood needs of their communities and hospitals, and maintaining an adequate blood supply in its blood centers. “It’s the blood on the shelf that saves lives,” says Don Doddridge, President of ABC.
Get more information
To find a local blood center or learn more about donating blood, visit AmericasBlood.org or call 1-888-USBLOOD.