Keep the Giving Going: Donate Blood This January and Save Lives

January 2, 2018

Keep the Giving Going: Donate Blood This January and Save Lives

The holidays may be over and all the presents unwrapped, but that doesn’t mean the giving has to end. Donating blood can save lives and help keep the spirit of giving going into the New Year.

A blood donation is a great way to give back to our community and have a positive impact on the health of your neighbors.  A one-time donation can save the lives of up to three people.

In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And January can be particularly hard on the blood supply, as cold weather and seasonal illnesses keep donors away.

Donating blood is a simple, four-step process that includes registration, a confidential medical history survey and a mini-physical, the actual donation process and a post-donation snack and beverage. The brief mini-physical checks your body’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that your blood is safe and ready to give. The actual blood donation takes about eight to ten minutes. After your donation, you’ll enjoy a refreshing snack and be back to your regular daily routine after a brief rest.

Donating is easier than ever with the American Red Cross’ RapidPass service. RapidPass allows you to begin your donation process at home. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete your pre-donation education and a health history survey, and simply print out your donation pass or save it to your mobile device to show at your appointment.

If you are interested in giving blood, please contact The American Red Cross for a donation site nearest you. Consider extending the spirit of giving into 2018 with a blood donation that can help save lives and make your community healthier.