LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- January signals the beginning of a new year and the American Red Cross is encouraging you to make regular blood donation one of your resolutions. Your donation may give patients extra days, months or even years with their families and friends making it an easy way to make a very real difference.
Alan Gibson with the American Red Cross joined "THV 11 News This Morning" to talk more.
January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of dedicated blood and platelet donors across the United States for helping to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need both locally and across the country. Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases. As the new year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to saving lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.
Winter can be a challenging time for blood and platelet donations because of inclement weather such as our recent ice storms and seasonal illnesses, yet the need for blood and platelets continues. Eligible donors are encouraged to turn out to help patients in need. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
The Red Cross thanks all those who roll up a sleeve each year to help save lives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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 consent 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.
(Source: American Red Cross)