National Blood Donor Month

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January is National Blood Donor Month. There is normally a short supply of blood in the winter months due to various reasons. January in particular is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations which is why it has been designated as National Blood Donor Month to encourage people to give blood.

Why Should You Give Blood?
Approximately every day there is a need for 39,000 units of blood. People that have been in a serious car accidents can require up to 50 units of blood. Just donating one unit of blood can save three lives! This is because blood can be separated into different components and each of these different components can help three different patients.

A family member or a friend might need blood someday. The need is constant and contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. You’ll feel good about yourself knowing that you made a change in someone’s life!

How to Become a Blood Donor
To donate blood all you need is to be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 lbs. 16 year olds are also allowed to donate with parental consent in certain states. The first step to donating blood is to find a location near you. You can do this by visiting:
http://www.redcross.org/support/blood-donation.

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