January is Nation Blood Donor month and what better time than the New Year to make an impact in your community? Just one blood donation, which takes only about an hour of your time, could save up to three lives.
There is no substitute for blood, and the need is constant. Every day in the United States, approximately 36,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities used to treat cancer patients, organ transplants recipients or accident victims to name a few. Yet many people that are eligible to donate blood do not. In fact, of the approximate 38% eligible to donate, less that 10% do so annually.