The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.
National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. It has been observed during January since 1970, and that’s no coincidence. Winter is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Unpredictable winter weather can result in blood drive cancelations, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. With a shelf life of 42 days, red blood cells must constantly be replenished to maintain an adequate supply for patients. Individuals who come out to give blood Jan. 1 through Jan. 4 will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
Bethalto: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, Bethalto United Methodist Church, 240 E. Sherman St.
Edwardsville: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, Morris University Center, 30 Hairpin Drive, Campus Box 1168
Godfrey: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, 3109 Godfrey Road
Hamel: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, Hamel Community Building, 10 Park Ave.