Red Cross Honors Blood Donors During National Blood Donor Month
OMAHA, Neb. – Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. This year, the American Red Cross thanks all blood donors for helping to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need both locally and across the country.
“Every year in the United States, nearly five million patients need blood transfusions,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “Because of dedicated, volunteer blood donors, the American Red Cross can help meet those needs.”
The blood supply is particularly vulnerable during the winter months due to inclement weather, seasonal illness and busy holiday schedules. Make an appointment today to give blood and help ensure a stable blood supply.
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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.