Published by Kirby Winn on Monday, January 13, 2020 in News Releases
(January 13, 2020 | Davenport, Iowa) – Fifty 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. This January, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center joins blood providers across the U.S. in celebrating the 50th Annual National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.
Additional donations are greatly needed to help the blood supply recover from losses during the holiday season. To thank donors for supporting this critical need, donors at MVRBC Donor Centers and mobile blood drives will receive a voucher for MVRBC’s “Clover” T-shirt from Jan. 13 to Feb. 23 (see photo, p. 2). To find a Donor Center or mobile blood drive, please call (800) 747-5401, schedule online at www.bloodcenterIMPACT.org, or use MVRBC’s mobile app (info and links to download at www.bloodcenter.org/app).
In establishing National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, President Richard Nixon emphasized 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.”
January is designated as National Volunteer Blood Donor Month because this month that can present some of the greatest challenges for the blood supply: extreme weather, an increase in illnesses, and the need to recover from losses due to the holidays. Meanwhile, the number of donations needed for patient care remains constant. Donor Schedulers are working to increase appointment schedules to avoid a shortfall in collections that could potentially impact patient care.
“We don’t ever want to see that happen,” said Holly Yates, Associate Director, Donor Relations. “The demand for blood is constant and so is our gratitude for the donors who provide our blood supply during National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and throughout the year.”
Blood Donors Save Lives: Meet Art Lauderback
Art Lauderback is a regular donor who gives blood in gratitude for those who helped during his son’s treatment for Burkitt’s Lymphoma at just 10 years of age. “My son is now 30 years old. Because of blood donations, he was able to go through 14 weeks of chemo and two surgeries without any complications whatsoever,” said Lauderback. “That’s one of the main reasons I donate. I want to be able to help somebody else along that same line.” See more of Art’s story at: https://youtu.be/PIJ82acj_PQ.
Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate. All persons age 17 and up (or 16, with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood donation.
About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
MVRBC serves more than 100 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit blood center, was established in 1974 and operates as Central Illinois Community Blood Center (Springfield, Ill.) and Community Blood Services of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.).
The MVRBC service region extends from Madison, Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Ill. to Chariton, Iowa, an area with a population of more than four million residents. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and visit the Blood Center’s social media channels: www.facebook.com/MVRBC, www.twitter.com/willyougive, www.youtube.com/MVRBC, and www.instagram.com/willyougive/.