This January, in honor of National Blood Donor Month, there’s no time like the present to make a lifesaving donation.
It’s something that’s relatively easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of time, and the impact it has is profound. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
We encourage people to make a donation this month, and to continue donating throughout the year and coming years as well.
A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, according to the American Red Cross.
An estimated 38 percent of the nation’s population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 10 percent of the population actually does each year, according to the American Red Cross.
Blood cannot be manufactured, so the blood supply is dependent upon the generosity of donors.
Blood is perishable, and the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.
Therefore, it’s important for us to continue to replenish the blood supply by donating.
What better way to start the New Year than by doing something that will help others?
The American Red Cross has a number of blood drives scheduled in the Twin Counties during the coming weeks.
For more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.