Every two seconds in the United States, someone is in need of blood. That means more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day in order to keep up with demand.
But every year blood donations dip during the winter months because of holidays, illness and inclement weather. Particularly in January, blood donations are in short supply. That’s why this month has been designated as National Blood Donor Month.
You can help others by donating your blood as long as you are at least 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donating with the American Red Cross is easy. Find a local chapter location, blood drive or donation centertoday and book your appointment.
Before you go to your appointment, just remember to:
— Have a healthy, low-fat meal
— Hydrate with at least an extra 16 oz of liquid
— Maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet
— Bring a valid form of ID
There are a lot of benefits to donating blood, like the free cookies and juice and the “I give blood” sticker you get to wear afterwards. The best part, though, is you can feel great knowing you helped save a life.