January is National Blood Donor Month

Jan 14, 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 Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas 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.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

• 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 — Senior Resource Center Blood Drive, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Call Suzanne at 356-2816 or 452-2370 or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor code: Sr Resource Center Haywood to schedule an appointment.

• 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 — Center Pigeon Fire Department Blood Drive, 2412 Pisgah Dr., Canton. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor code: Center Pigeon FD to schedule an appointment.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 100 hospitals. Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each weekday 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. Visit redcrossblood.org.


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