January Monthly Focus: National Blood Donor Month

What is National Blood Donor Month?  

January is National Blood Donor Month! Every two seconds in the United States, someone needs blood. You may have volunteered at blood drives or blood donation centers before—if so, you’ve been participating in one of the Red Cross’s fundamental lines of service. We need the support of all our volunteers, especially youth and young adults, to help Blood Services with their own work! Find out how to get involved below.  


Why help? 

  • Blood is needed in order to ensure that blood products are available at 2,500 hospitals nationwide. Blood transfusions are used to help patients under all kinds of circumstances, including surgeries, cancer treatments, anemia, and childbirth.
  • The American Red Cross is an intrinsic part of our nation’s blood supply, providing about 40% of the nation’s blood and blood components.
  • Your time saves lives. A blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish but the actual donation itself only takes between 8 to 10 minutes. This short commitment can save as many as three people with each blood and platelet donation.
  • With the ongoing pandemic, blood is needed now more than ever before. The Red Cross is currently experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. As a result, some hospitals have had to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. Read more about it here.
  • Watch these short stories which elaborate on the importance, benefits, and impact of giving blood:


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Earn Rewards by Donating Blood!  


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