Click below to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with External Communications Manager for the American Red Cross Blood Services, Dan Fox.
January is National Blood Donor month, and for good reason. Blood donations tend to plummet in the winter months for a variety of reasons, but even though the donations recess, the need for blood does not. Communication Manager Dan Fox believes that the recess of winter donations can be credited to the winter holiday season, cold and flu season, as well as, inclement weather conditions causing blood donation closings and unsafe travel. This is why the American Red Cross uses January as the national donation month; to remind us how important blood donation is and that eligible donors should incorporate regular donation into their New Years resolutions.
As always, the more rare blood types are highly desirable, such as AB negative and the universal donor, O negative. Donations from all blood types are always needed and this is partly due to the fact that blood has a 42 day shelf-life, according to the American Red Cross.
You must be 17 years of age or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and be in good general health to donate blood. Persons of 16 years of age may donate with a parents signature.
There are many upcoming local donation centers, for a complete listing please visit, redcrossblood.org.