There is one New Year’s resolution you can fulfill in just about an hour of time: donate blood.
By giving blood through the American Red Cross, eligible donors can help save the lives of up to three people, and help offset the slump in blood collections that typically occurs post holidays.
“By giving blood, you’ll do something that really makes a difference,” says Kathy Smith, director of Donor Services for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “What better New Year’s resolution can you make than to help save someone’s life?”
Smith pointed out that the New Year is also a great time to resolve to donate blood since January is National Blood Donor Month.
Nearly all blood transfused to hospital patients comes from volunteer blood donors. This year alone, as many as five million patients will require blood transfusions for medical treatments related to accidents, surgery and serious diseases like cancer or leukemia.
While the need for blood is constant, there is an even greater need during the winter when the blood supply can reach low levels. Winter weather can sometimes prevent donors from making or keeping appointments, which can contribute to a drop in blood donations.
To donate, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givelife.org for more information. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds be in good general health. All donors need to present positive identification.
Locally, a blood drive will be held Thursday, Jan. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 5757 Starr Ave., Oregon.