January is National Blood Donor Month
Red Cross Encourages Public to Honor
Blood Donors by Helping Save Lives
Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month in the United States to recognize those who donate blood during one of the most challenging months for blood collections organizations like the American Red Cross.
Every day, about 44,000 units of blood are transfused in the United States. And while that need is constant, blood donations often slump during the winter months, and particularly in January. More than any other month, January often brings many challenges to blood collections, such as extreme temperatures and weather which can keep people from giving, icy roads which can cause more accidents, and even cold and flu symptoms which make many people not eligible to donate. These challenges make it even more important for donors to give blood during January if they can.
“Blood donors are very special people whose only reward is typically the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped save someone’s life,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “January is the perfect time of year to honor blood donors and their commitment to saving lives.”
Each year, about 9.5 million volunteers donate around 16 million units of whole blood and red blood cells. About 20 percent of these donors are giving blood for the first time.
“Most everyone at some point in their lives will meet someone who has received blood products,” said Wilson. “Its people we know right here in our community who may need the blood for treatment of cancer and other serious diseases, for organ transplants, and for emergency care related to accidents and trauma.”
Take a moment this month to say ‘thank you’ to someone you know who gives blood. In fact, go one step further—consider rolling up your sleeve and donating blood. You’ll not only help save a life, but you’ll also enjoy the feeling of knowing you’ve done something good. Learn more about giving blood at redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.