One in three people will need blood at some time in their life. Where does it come from? Volunteer blood donors. Our country’s blood supply depends on blood donors to make this resource available to those in need. Whether it comes from an unexpected event such as an accident or a carefully planned surgery, many medical needs are dependent on blood donors giving in advance. January is National Blood Donor Month, honoring blood donors who give their time and part of themselves to help save lives and contribute to the health of those in the community. Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, and about one in ten of those people do. These statistics demonstrate the importance of each blood donor, many giving repeatedly to maintain the blood supply.
“Many people take the blood supply for granted until they, or a loved one, is in desperate need. At LifeShare, we get to meet patients who are experiencing life because of these donors. During National Blood Donor Month, we want to make sure everyone remembers to thank those that give,” says Tina Hooper, Director of Public Relations and Communications for LifeShare Blood Centers.
During January, LifeShare Blood Centers, provider of blood products to local medical facilities, is encouraging blood donors to make their New Year’s Resolution matter by pledging to give blood at least three times this year. Upon the participant’s third donation with LifeShare, the donor will receive a stainless steel mug honoring their commitment.
“With such a small percentage of the population that are blood donors, we depend on repeat donors to keep the blood supply up. If it weren’t for the blood donors in our community who voluntarily give of themselves, the blood simply wouldn’t be there. We can’t make blood; this is the only source,” says Hooper.
Visit www.lifeshare.org or call your local center for hours and blood drives.
LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.