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Red Cross celebrating blood and platelet donors during National Blood Donor Month in January

Badger-Hawkeye

January 19, 2014
 

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 19, 2014) — Throughout National Blood Donor Month in January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the lifesaving contributions of blood and platelet donors.

The Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including 46 in Wisconsin and 15 in Iowa. It’s encouraging all eligible blood and platelet donors to make a New Year’s resolution to help save lives by rolling up their sleeves now and throughout the year.

“I can’t think of a better way to start 2014 than by taking time to give blood,” said Greg Novinska, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “This is one resolution that takes little time – about an hour. But it has a tremendous impact – helping save as many as three lives with each donation.”

It’s no coincidence that National Blood Donor Month is recognized in January. Winter is a difficult time for blood donations because of inclement weather and cold and flu season. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types – especially O positive and negative, A negative and B negative – to schedule an appointment to donate.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.