National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter, one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. During the winter months, inclement weather often results in cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.
Blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.
Donating blood is a life-saving act of service, and an impactful way to give back to the community. Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person. Unfortunately, less than 10% of the U.S. population eligible to donate actually do.
Celebrate National Blood Donor Month by considering donating if you are healthy and eligible. Your donation is desperately needed.
Visit www.redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive near you or to learn more.
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