January- National Volunteer Blood Donor Month


Hello everyone!
Have you ever donated blood? Well, I have several times and it doesn't take long at all. It's quite rewarding knowing that you are saving lives. This time of the year is traditionally a difficult time for blood centers to collect donations. In an effort to encourage blood donation, January has been designated National Volunteer Blood Donor Month by America's Blood Centers and the American Red Cross.

Almost 38,000 units of blood are used in hospitals across the country every day. Most of this blood comes from people who willingly take an hour out of their schedules to give blood and help save lives.
Blood donations can be given at hospitals and blood drives across the country. You must be 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds in order to donate (though requirements may differ in some states). You can donate once every eight weeks, but you must be free of sexually transmitted diseases and meet other eligibility requirements. Every time you donate, you will be asked a several questions that help screen out unusable donations.


After a volunteer donates blood, he or she will usually be offered crackers or juice. This is because your body loses some glucose and fluids when you donate blood. Follow the advice of the medical professionals on staff at the donor center. Before you go to donate, make sure you eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids. Afterwards, juice is probably the best choice to replace the lost glucose, and one container should be enough. As for the fluid loss, make sure you drink plenty of water after donating, and after you've left the donation center.


The blood mobiles can be found everywhere and yes even on weekends just give them a call to find a location near you. You can even sponsor a blood drive, you set the date, time, and location and a representative will meet with you to discuss the event with you . My husband and I have sponsored several blood drives, the blood mobile will set up anywhere you want to have your blood drive at. For more information or to locate a donation center in your area visit: Red Cross or Give Life website

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