National Blood Donor Month has been observed since January 1970. Winter is one of the most challenging times for blood donation; with the holidays, COVID-19, and the weather, it is less likely for people to donate or think they still can donate. It is also the perfect time to celebrate those who give and encourage those who haven’t; it is the season of giving, after all.
You can observe Blood Donor Month in 2 easy ways; donate and spread the word. While COVID-19 is still affecting the world, not many people think they can donate their blood. You still can! American Red Cross has a constant and ongoing need for blood and platelet donations. American Red Cross is taking precautions for COVID-19 as they are testing all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for antibodies. As a part of that, the plasma donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may help current COVID patients in need of transfusions.
If you are not able to donate, spread the word. There are many ways to do this, social media shares, sharing your experience of either donating or receiving blood, and donating money to help with the center’s funds.
The American Red Cross is asking you to make an appointment to donate. Please view this link to find a donation center near you. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive