January is National Blood Donor Month


Since 1970 the first month of the year has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month. Why not kick off the New Year with a blood donation to your local Red Cross or other blood bank in honor of National Blood Donor Month? The whole process takes only about an hour of your time.

If you’re at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, not on antibiotics, without infection or fever, feeling healthy the day of and it’s been at least eight weeks since your last donation why not go for it? There are some other guidelines but those are the biggies.

Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days. That means it constantly needs to be replenished. In the midst of not only cold and flu season but the rise in car accidents during the winter season clean, backup blood is needed.

For information on where you can donate blood here’s a link to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) which has a handy Blood Bank Locator Map.

Sources: aabb.org, healthnews.com, redcross.org