National Blood Donor Month

January 18, 2011 by Molly Huff

January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month since 1970. Blood is traditionally in short supply during winter months due to holiday travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood center donations.

Few blood centers can maintain more than a tree-day supply of blood for transfusions. The need for blood, platelets and plasma is constant, but only three in every 100 Americans donate blood.

FEMA has begun a campaign this year called “Resolve to be Ready in 2011” – they have created this campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council.

To give blood here locally, click here for a schedule of blood drives in the area. It’s such a small sacrifice to make that could make the difference between life and death for someone. Give blood in 2011 – make it your New Year’s resolution!