Red Cross celebrates blood and platelet donors during National Blood Donor Month
Heart of America
PEORIA, Ill. — Throughout National Blood Donor Month this January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare.
On average, 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. The Heart of America Blood Services Region is encouraging all eligible blood and platelet donors to make a New Year’s resolution to help save lives by rolling up a sleeve now and throughout the year.
“I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than by taking the time to give blood,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO, Heart of America Region. “This is one resolution that takes little time, about an hour, but has a tremendous impact -- helping to save as many as three lives with each donation.”
It is no coincidence that National Blood Donor Month falls in January. Winter can often be a difficult time for blood donations because of cold and flu season and inclement weather. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types – especially O negative, A negative and B negative – to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood or platelets given, may offer hope to a patient in need.
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.