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Help Save Lives and Save Money by Giving Blood


In celebration of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, those who come to give blood during January can enter to win a year’s supply of free groceries from Kroger.

In 1970, President Richard Nixon declared January National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, a time each year when donors are reminded of the increased need for blood donation in the winter months. “Winter always proves to be a challenge for the Red Cross,” said Rodney Wilson, a spokesperson for the local American Red Cross. “What better way to start off the new year than by helping those in need?”

Changing weather, increased cold and flu symptoms and even the winter blues can keep even the most dedicated donors from making or keeping an appointment to donate. Yet winter weather can lead to more traumatic injuries on icy roads and may increase the need for blood.

“There are so many unpredictable factors at play that can affect the blood supply during January, it’s a critical time to thank those who give and remind the public of the need for more donors,” Wilson said.

Those who come to donate during January can enter to win free groceries for a year based on an estimated value of $4,800 or $400 per month. Last year, the contest’s inaugural year, blood donor Junior Hunter of Crooksville won the free groceries for a year.

The Red Cross urges everyone to make donating blood a priority this winter. Your help could mean hope for those in need. To schedule your appointment to give blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.



Central Ohio Blood Services RegionColumbus, OH, 43205