Help Save Lives during National Blood Donor Month
January marks the 52nd anniversary of National Blood Donor Month – a time to recognize the importance of giving blood and platelets while celebrating the lifesaving impact of those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. It is also a time to encourage new and lapsed donors to resolve to give blood during one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply – the winter months.
This year’s National Blood Donor Month comes as the nation’s blood supply has dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to delay essential blood and platelet transfusions. Blood donors of all blood types – particularly type O blood, the blood group hospitals need most – are needed now to give blood or platelets to help meet daily hospital demands.
In thanks for helping to meet the immediate need for blood and platelets, the Red Cross is teaming up with the NFL to offer one lucky winner a trip package for two to the 2022 Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. Those who present to give blood, platelets or plasma January 1-31, 2022 will automatically be entered for a chance to win. As an extra thank you, those who come to give in January will also automatically be entered to win the Big Game at Home package which includes a home theater package. Terms apply. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl.
Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There is no blood donation waiting period for those who have received a flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so long as they are symptom-free.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.
Here at Insurance by the Woods, we want to help make lives better. Donating blood is one small way to do that for others. We’re also here to help and will work with you to review your coverage. We can discuss any potential risk areas that you may have. Contact us via email, phone at 888.498.8726 or visit our website. Insurance by the Woods is hoping that the need for blood decreases, but that the need is always met. Thanks for doing your part and thank you for letting us serve you.
Source: The Red Cross