Every January, the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month. Blood Donor Month was established in 1970 as an effort to collect more donations after the slow holiday season. Blood and platelet donations usually drop off during and after the winter holidays, which is why observing National Blood Donor Month in January is critical for the Red Cross and patients in need.
The American Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 donations daily to keep the supply ready and available to meet the needs of 2,600 hospitals, cancer centers, and clinics across the country. Help maintain a reliable supply of blood and platelet during this slow time by donating.
If you’re interested in making an appointment or learning more about how you can help, you can download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Donors have to be at least 17 years of age in most states, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good health. There is no upper age limit. You can find a full list of requirements by donation type on the Red Cross website. Roll up your sleeves and save a life this year—find a donation center today!