Winter weather has caused hundreds of lost donations over the weekend. Please give as soon as able. All types are needed, especially universal donors. For those eligible to donate, please find a Donor Center or mobile blood drive near you at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or by calling (800) 747-5401.
January is National Blood Donor Month, which celebrates our blood donors and encourages others to give the gift of life. Almost exactly 50 years ago — on December 31, 1969 — the president of the United States signed a proclamation designating January as National Blood Donor Month. The new monthly observance was meant to honor voluntary blood donors and to encourage more people to give blood.President Nixon emphasizes in the proclamation that “Genuine concern for his fellowman has always distinguished the American citizen… No manifestation of this generosity of spirit is more expressive, and no gift more priceless in time of personal crisis, than the donation of one’s blood. The voluntary blood donor truly gives life itself.”The timing of the proclamation wasn’t a coincidence. The month of January is usually a period of critical blood shortages. People are less likely to donate blood during the holidays and during cold and flu season. Blood drives get cancelled sometimes during the winter months due to snow.
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