Make Blood Donation Awareness Month Count

It’s Blood Donation Awareness Month: Are you helping to keep our local blood supply stocked? After all, one out of three people will eventually need a blood donation, according to the New York Blood Center. That means you or someone you love will use it someday.

Local blood centers need 400 pints of blood every day to distribute to cancer patients, accident victims, surgical patients and others who need blood transfusions. Due to holidays, travel, inclement weather and illness, blood supplies are usually at their lowest during the winter months, the New York Blood Center says. That means right now is a great time to donate.

To give blood, you must be at least 17. Those who are 76 and up can continue to donate blood if they meet all donor criteria and present a doctor’s letter; talk to your physician to be sure.

The process takes about 45 minutes from start (registration) to finish (cookies-and-juice time). For every pint of whole blood you donate, you can save up to three lives. That’s a great return for less than an hour of your time.

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