The hustle and bustle of the holiday season often causes us to postpone normal routines in order to squeeze in extra shopping and Christmas parties.
Groups like the American Red Cross, say the holiday season means less donors for them. To make up for the lack of supply, the organization declares every January as National Blood Donor Month.
“Every two seconds somewhere in the United States, someone needs blood. The only way we can make sure that happens is through the generous donors who come in to our blood drives and give an hour of their time. This can save up to three lives,” said Tracy Duncan, a communications manager for local American Red Cross chapter.
The Red Cross also uses the month to show appreciation toward year-round donors.
Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region says, “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”
All blood types are needed this month to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to donate.