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January is National Blood Donor Month and American Red Cross officials thank blood donors for dedicating their time to give hope to patients in need. Throughout the month of January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the contributions of millions of blood donors who give patients hope.
Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the impact it can have on patients in need.
For more information, or to donate, call (800) RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
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.
Those 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.
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States.
While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.
Upcoming blood drives in Taylor County are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Taylor Regional Hospital and on Sunday, Jan. 15, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church.