January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), in conjunction with America’s Blood Centers and American Red Cross, encourages donors to give or pledge to give blood this month.
January is typically a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. This is due to fewer people donating during the holidays, poor weather, and more people getting sick.
Donated blood has a short shelf life — only 42 days for red blood cells. This means the blood supply must be constantly replenished.
If you are at least 17 years of age (some states permit younger people to donate with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good health, you may be eligible to donate blood.
“Give Blood The Gift of Life”