January 2, 2014

Red Cross Honors Blood Donors During National Blood Donor Month

Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. This year, the American Red Cross thanks all blood donors for helping to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need both locally and across the country.

“Every year in the U.S., nearly 5 million patients need blood transfusions,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “Thanks to dedicated, volunteer blood donors, the Red Cross can help meet those needs.”

The blood supply is particularly vulnerable during winter months due to inclement weather, seasonal illness and busy holiday schedules. Make an appointment to give blood and help patients in need.

Upcoming Opportunities: First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver, Memphis from 1:30-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

How to Donate Blood: Simply call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

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