January became known as National Blood Donation Month in 1970 when the American Red Cross decided to pay homage to nearly 11 million people who donate blood each year.
“Blood donors bring hope and promise to hospital patients who may need blood for their very life,” said Diane E. Ward, CEO for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Donors are people like you who play a vital role in modern health care by helping ensure hospitals have blood for patients.”
The need for blood is ongoing. According to the American Red Cross, blood is needed every two seconds in America. There were major shortages of blood during 2013. The American Red Cross reported that elective surgeries were cancelled in some larger cities because of the blood shortage
Community Financial urges team members and members to give blood this month to help ensure an adequate blood supply for the 2014 year.
“I make time in my schedule to give blood regularly,” said team member Natalie McLaughlin. “I feel it is important to donate because I know I am giving the gift of life to people who need my help.”
The American Red Cross says that January is ideal for National Blood Donation Month because it encourages people to start the New Year off by making a difference in someone’s life.
Visit the Red Cross Donation Center to find the closest location near you and to schedule an appointment, visit www.givelife.org.