Every January since 1970, the American Red Cross has recognized National Blood Donor Month in an effort to increase blood donations. For many people, the true value of giving blood can often be overlooked, but it’s frequently the difference between life and death for those who need it. The arrival of the New Year is a great time to resolve to save lives by donating blood this month and throughout the year!
The winter months are an especially critical time for the Red Cross to collect blood as donations typically decrease during this season. Cold weather forces some blood drives to be canceled and seasonal illnesses prevent many people from being able to give blood. The holidays are also filled with busy schedules which can lead to a drop in these life-saving donations.
On top of this, COVID-19 has caused an even lower turnout of those willing and able to donate blood. The Red Cross needs an estimated 13,000 donations of blood each day in order to meet the needs of patients. With this in mind, please know that one of the most crucial times to give blood is now.
The Red Cross states that out of the 38 percent of Americans eligible to donate blood, only 10 percent actually do. By donating blood, you can be someone’s life-saving superhero. In fact, a one-time blood donation can save the lives of up to three people! Believe it or not, every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. National Blood Donor Month is an important time to remember these statistics and why donating blood is so important. Donated blood, at any time, can and will have an incredible impact on so many people.
Donating blood is both easy and safe, and takes very little time to do. To be eligible, you must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent, weigh 110 pounds minimum, and be in good health. If you’re ready to give blood but want to be confident that you’re in good health to do so, find a First Care Clinic closest to you and stop in for a quick physical or check-up. You can also visit the Red Cross website to find your nearest blood drive. Get involved today and start saving lives by donating blood!