January has been designated National Blood Donor Month to raise awareness for blood donation during a time of the year when blood donations are down. Did you know that there is a huge decline in donations during the post-holiday season? This is attributed to the fact that there is often inclement weather and busy schedules following the holidays.
Blood only has a shelf life of 42 days, to ensure stable inventory there needs to be a constant supply available to premature babies, cancer patients and people who have had accidents or other illnesses that require a transfusions.
Eligible donors are people age 17(or 16 with parental consent) and older who weigh at least 110 pounds and meet height and weight requirements.
So consider making an appointment this month while donations tend to fall to their lowest levels!
To make an appointment call 1-800-REDCROSS.
To find a donation center or blood drive closest to your place of work or home visit, redcross.org
Here are some donation centers in the Atlanta area, and there are also blood drives in your area as the American Red Cross hosts more than 200,000 blood drives nationwide each year, look for these local drives on the above listed website.
Cobb Donor Center 2145 Roswell Rd, Ste 250 Marietta, GA. 30062
Gainesville Donor Center 311 Jesse Jewell Pkwy,SW Gainesville, GA. 30503
Alpharetta Donor Center 3000 Old Alabama Rd Alpharetta, GA. 30022
Duluth Donor Center 3090 Premiere Pkwy Duluth, GA. 30097
Midtown Donor Center 1955 Monroe Drive, NE Atlanta, GA 30324
Blood Statistics and Trivia (Red Cross)
- Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood
- One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives
- More than 41,000 blood donations are needed daily
- Five million patients in the U.S. need blood each year
- Less that 38% of the population is eligible to give blood
- Thirty million blood components are transfused each year