Make Donating Blood Part of Your New Year's Resolution
Many New Year’s resolutions focus on breaking bad habits. The American Red Cross is encouraging you to take up a positive habit instead.
By resolving to donate blood or platelets in the coming year, you can help save the lives of the one out of 10 hospital patients who require blood for emergency or ongoing medical care. Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States. Your frequent donations through the American Red Cross can help keep the nation’s blood supply strong and ensure that it will be available anytime and anywhere it’s needed.
“A resolution to donate blood in the New Year is a resolution that lasts a lifetime,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Your donation may help save the lives of three people. It could be a 3-year old with cancer, a high school student with leukemia, or a young mother who has unexpected complications after giving birth.”
When you donate through the Red Cross, you’ll join about 4 million blood donors nationwide in a lifesaving cause. The need for blood is constant. Every day, patients across the U.S. need an average of 44,000 units of red blood cells. That’s about 16-million donations transfused to 5 million patients each year.
“Your donation is needed and may give someone another day, another week, another month to spend with loved ones and friends,” said Kulman “That’s a New Year’s resolution worth keeping.”
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient need in 58 hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.