National Blood Donor Month
National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs.
Inclement winter weather often results in cancelled blood drives, while seasonal illnesses may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate. The Red Cross urges healthy donors to keep their appointments during winter months. Each appointment kept, and each donation given, offers hope to a patient in need. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days and platelets can be given every seven days – up to 24 times a year.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in most states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. For more information, or to schedule an appointment to donate:
· Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
· Visit redcrossblood.org.
· Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App