Did you know that winter is one of the most difficult times of the year for the American Red Cross to collect enough blood? People are busy with the holidays and other events, so blood banks are often deprived from before Christmas until the spring. That's partially why January was labeled as "National Blood Donor Month" back in the 1970s.
Donated blood saves lives on a daily basis. Whether it's helping women who hemorrhage during pregnancy or treating children with severe anemia, the blood people give is a precious gift. Unfortunately, many countries struggle to obtain sufficient blood quantities. Only about 38 percent of the United States population can donate blood, but only 10 percent actually do.
If you're able, now is one of the best times to donate blood. Find a local blood drive near you and schedule a day to give back to those in need. If you have questions about the process or what happens with your donation, check out this Red Cross link.
Remember: donating just one pint of blood could save up to three lives, so every person's donation makes a huge difference.
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