January is National Blood Donor Month and organizations such as Carter Blood Care and American Red Cross are incredibly thankful for all the volunteers and donors who help carry out their life saving mission. Together, they create a vital community committed to helping ensure a consistent blood supply for all those in need.
National Blood Donor Month occurs in January because this is one of the most difficult times of the year to collect enough blood for the patients. Throughout the winter season, bad weather can result in seasonal illnesses and cancelled blood drives.
As the need for blood does not diminish in the winter months, it is critical at this time of year for donors to contribute to the 13,000 donations needed every day to keep the blood supply available for the cancer centers, clinics, and hospitals across the country. All blood types are needed.
At check-in, a driver’s license or blood donor card is needed. You must be 17 years of age, with parental consent being 16 in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health to donate blood. There are five health benefits to donating blood:
- Free blood tests – donated blood is tested and donor can asked to be informed if any irregularities are found.
- Satisfaction of saving human lives
- Calorie burn – Blood donation process burns 650 calories – about the same as an average spin class!
- Reduced risk of heart disease – helps eliminate excess buildup of iron in the blood
- Reduced risk of cancer – also due to reduction of excess iron buildup in the blood
If you wish to donate blood this month, you can visit either the American Red Cross DFW Regional Headquarters at 4800 Harry Hines Blvd. in Dallas TX or Carter Blood Care at the Addison Donor Center at 3955 Belt Line Road in Addison, TX.