Red Cross celebrates blood and platelet donors during National Blood Donor Month.
Throughout National Blood Donor Month this January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare.
On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
The Appalachian Blood Services Region is encouraging all eligible blood and platelet donors to make a New Year's resolution to help save lives by rolling up a sleeve now and throughout the year.
"I can't think of a better way to start the new year than by taking the time to give blood," said Page Gambill, CEO, American Red Cross Appalachian Blood Services Region. "This is one resolution that takes little time, about an hour, but has a tremendous impact -- helping to save as many as three lives with each donation."
It is no coincidence that National Blood Donor Month falls in January. Winter can often be a difficult time for blood donations because of cold and flu season, inclement weather and various activities surrounding the holiday season.
The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types - especially O negative, A negative and B negative - to schedule an appointment to donate blood.
Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood or platelets given, may offer hope to a patient in need.
How to donate blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
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. 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.
Upcoming Blood Drives:
01/08/14 Charlotte Courthouse Amish 137 Vincent Store Road Charlotte Court House 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/08/14 Christiansburg Rec Center 1600 North Franklin Street Christiansburg 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
01/09/14 Holiday Shopping Center 1910 Virginia Avenue Collinsville 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/09/14 Virginia Tech Student Services 100 Student Services Building - 0268 Blacksburg 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
01/09/14 Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center 352 Church Avenue SW Roanoke 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
01/10/14 Farmville Train Station 501 West Third Street Farmville 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/10/14 Lynchburg Blood Donation Center 1900 Tate Springs Road Lynchburg 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/10/14 Marlbrook Baptist Church 6926 N. Lee Highway Raphine 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
01/10/14 Independence VFW Building 72 Klondike Road Independence 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
01/11/14 Winns Creek Baptist Church 3088 Howard P Anderson Road Halifax 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
01/11/14 Halesford Baptist Church Fellowship Hall 2485 Lost Mountain Road Wirtz 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
01/12/14 Bethlehem Lutheran Church 7336 Timberlake Road Lynchburg 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
01/13/14 Hot Springs Fire Department Route 220 Hot Springs 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
01/13/14 American Legion Post 126 1953 Magnolia Avenue Buena Vista 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
01/13/14 Skyline College 5234 Airport Road Roanoke 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/13/14 Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center 352 Church Avenue SW Roanoke 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/14/14 Clifford Baptist Church 635 Fletchers Level Road Amherst 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/14/14 AECOM Franklin Road 1315 Franklin Road Roanoke 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
01/14/14 Grove United Methodist Church 1020 Tyler Avenue Radford 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/14/14 Fairlawn Church of God 7858 Peppers Ferry Boulevard Radford 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/14/14 New River Valley Blood Donation Center 250 South Main Street Blacksburg 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/15/14 Rock Tenn Company 1801 Concord Turnpike Lynchburg 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
01/15/14 Waynesboro Free Methodist Church 600 Hopeman Parkway Waynesboro 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/15/14 Virginia Tech Hokie Wellness 148 Southgate Center Blacksburg 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
01/15/14 Lewis Gale Medical Center 1802 Braeburn Drive Salem 9:30 am - 1:30 pm