National Blood Donor Month is observed in January and sponsored by the American Red Cross. Giving blood is a way to start off the new year because you will be anonymously helping another person in his or her time of need. Before you head out to donate blood, consider these three facts:
- How often can I give blood? According to the American Red Cross, you must wait for at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood. Regulations are different for those giving blood for themselves (autologous donors).
- Where can I donate blood? Finding a local blood drive is easy. The Red Cross has a website where you can enter your zip code to find local blood drives. This site also has great information about what to expect when you donate blood.
- Who will receive my blood? Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Your donation can save a life!