Red Cross celebrates generous donors during National Blood Donor Month

Eligible donors encouraged to make lifesaving New Year’s resolution

WICHITA – Throughout National Blood Donor Month this January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern health care.

On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. The Central Plains Blood Services Region is encouraging all eligible blood and platelet donors to make a New Year’s resolution to help save lives by rolling up a sleeve now and throughout the year.

“I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than by taking the time to give blood,” said Cari Merrill, communications program manager, Central Plains Blood Services Region. “This is one resolution that takes little time, about an hour, but has a tremendous impact – helping to save as many as three lives with each donation.”

It is no coincidence that National Blood Donor Month falls in January. Winter can often be a difficult time for blood donations because of cold and flu season and inclement weather. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types – especially O negative, A negative and B negative – to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood or platelets given, may offer hope to a patient in need.

How to donate blood

Simply call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

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