January is National Blood Donor Month

There are so many important national health observances that are recognized today. Perhaps you have heard that Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place in October and that World AIDS Day is held on Dec. 1. Or that the first week in April is identified as National Public Health Week. But, did you know in 1970, President Richard Nixon had designated January as National Blood Donor Month and that this health observance has been honored since?

I can certainly appreciate the importance of donating blood, especially with the realization that there is no substitute for it. That being said, I think it would be great if more people would consider donating, if eligible, so that others can benefit from this life-saving gift.

To highlight the need for donated blood, please note some points of interest from LifeShare Community Blood Services publications list, 56 Facts about Bloodhttp://www.lifeshare.cc/content.aspx?ID=8 .

  • More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada.
  • 43,000 pints: amount of donated blood used each day in the U.S. and Canada.
  • About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood.

According to this same fact sheet, “Shortages of all blood types happen during the summer and winter holidays.” Keeping this in mind, now is the best time to sign up to give blood. Think about it! It will only take about an hour out of your day to complete the entire process of giving blood.

Not sure when or where to give blood? Looking for a fast and convenient way to register your blood drive appointment?  It’s time to take the next step.  LifeShare Community Blood Services will be holding a blood drive at Kent State University on Jan. 31 and Feb. 5 and 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Room 204 of the Kent Student Center. Sign up for your appointment online @ www.lifesharedonor.org, sponsor code KSUKENT. For more information about LifeShare and donating blood, please visit their website at www.lifeshare.cc.

Interested in promoting this blood drive to your friends and colleagues?  If so, please share the LifeShare blood drive flyer. And, keep in mind that a FREE Chipotle burrito gift card will be given to all donors and that your donation will help earn LifeShare tuition scholarships for KSU students.

This is your opportunity to help support National Blood Donor Month by donating blood and educating others about the importance of this national health observance. If you are not able to donate blood, please consider recruiting a friend to donate. Remember, “one pint of blood can save up to three lives,” according to LifeShare Community Blood Services fact sheet.