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January is National Blood Donor Month

Southern Blood Services Region

January 4, 2013
 

The month of January has been dedicated to thank those who make a difference in their community by donating blood.  National Blood Donor Month is a time to show appreciation to volunteer blood donors and educate new donors about the importance of blood donation.   

Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days and must continually be replenished.  Every two seconds, someone in the United States has a need for blood. The American Red Cross relies on volunteer donors to ensure blood is available when patients need it.  A single blood donation could help save more than one life.

“National Blood Donor Month is a great opportunity for us to thank donors who help us maintain an adequate blood supply,” said Mario Sedlock, interim chief executive officer, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region.  “We also want to encourage those who have never donated before to consider giving an hour of their time to help save lives.”

The Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 120 hospitals. Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days.  Most healthy people who are 17 years of age and older, or 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here.

 

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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

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 join our blog.