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by Dory Benford January 28, 2020

5 Reasons to Become a Blood Donor

Did you know that the number of blood donations falls after the holidays? This decline can cause medical centers to experience devastating blood shortages. January is National Blood Donor Month, so it’s the perfect time to roll up a sleeve and help save someone’s life.
 
Currently, there is a critical type O blood shortage, and the Red Cross is calling for donations to restock blood supplies. If you are type O, please consider donating urgently.
 
Blood donation is vital for treating chronic illnesses, like cancer. Cancer patients need blood donations if they become anemic, if they experience low blood counts while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, or if transfusions are necessary during surgery.
 
If you’re considering donating blood, here are five reasons you should.
 
There’s a great need for blood in hospitals everywhere.
 
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. is in need of blood, and 4.5 million Americans require blood transfusions yearly. Help make sure medical centers across the country have what they need to treat those who are hurt or sick.
 
You could save three lives.
 
During a blood donation, approximately one pint of blood is collected. From that one pint, up to three lives might be saved.
 
You get a mini-checkup.
 
Before you donate blood, your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin levels are assessed. You won’t be able to donate if your blood pressure or iron levels are outside of a healthy range, but once you get the necessary medical care to correct these issues, not only will you be able try donating again, but you’ll be healthier, too.
 
It’s free.
 
If donating money to worthy causes isn’t in your budget right now, you can still give back by donating blood. It’s free, only takes about an hour of your time and you’ll be providing lifesaving assistance to people in need.
 
It will make you feel good.
 
Giving blood is an act of kindness. It’s a selfless act, and what feels better than putting good out into the world? Support your friends, family and community by donating a bit of your time to help save lives.
 
If you want to give blood, you can use AABB’s blood bank locator to find a location to donate near you.

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