National Blood Donor Month
Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. A reduction in turnout can put our nation’s blood inventory at a critical low.
January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month (NBDM) to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood.
In honor of National Donor Month, ADRP would like to recognize the Donors who support our Member Centers. Click here to upload word files, photos, newsletter pdf pages, or even videos of some of the special donors who help you ensure that blood is available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed. We will post these online and in the Winter Drop.
ADRP also encourages you to upload information on how your center plans to recognize your donors this month or promote National Donor Month.
Every day in our country, approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. Our members’ goals are to help If you are at least 17 years of age (some states permit younger people to donate with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and meet other donor requirements, you may be eligible to donate blood.
Sample Documents To Use
- Media Alert
- Donor Day Proclamation
- Donor Day Politician Invitation
- Donor Day Email Retailer
- Donor Day Email Generic
- Donor Acknowledgment Template
Donated red blood cells must be used within 42 days of collection. Platelets within 5 days. Plasma can be frozen for up to 1 year.
Individuals with serious injuries from a major automobile accident can require 50 units (pints) of blood or more. Seriously burned patients can require 20 units or more.
The components of one pint of donated blood can help the lives of three people.