National Blood Donor Month

Only 10% of eligible donors actively donate.

In January, we joyfully commemorate National Blood Donor Month, a tradition initiated by President Richard Nixon in 1970 to honor voluntary donors and motivate others to contribute to the vital cause of blood and plasma donation. This month serves as a reminder for eligible individuals to seize every opportunity to donate.

Facts About Blood Donation:

  • A blood transfusion happens every two seconds in the U.S.

  • According to information from the American Red Cross, about 38 percent of the population in the U.S. are eligible to donate blood, but only 10 percent do.

  • If you begin donating blood at age 17 every eight weeks, you will donate 48 gallons by age 76.

  • When you donate blood, a lab examines the donation for multiple infectious diseases, which is also a way to learn about our health.

  • One pint of donated blood can potentially save three lives.

  • Dogs can donate blood, too. Check with the Humane Society and your veterinarian to know the local rules and regulations for this type of donation.

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National Blood Donor Month: Celebrating Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity in Blood Donation

In 2024, National Blood Donor Month is themed “Celebrating Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity in Blood Donation.” This theme highlights the importance of an environment where everyone, regardless of identity or background, feels welcome and encouraged to participate in the noble act of donating blood.

Be a Proud Blood Donor

A person in the United States requires blood every few seconds. National Blood Donor Month reminds us that donating blood saves lives, with the American Red Cross requiring a staggering 13,000 donations daily to maintain an adequate blood supply.

Fortunately, eligible blood donors can donate every eight weeks, turning this act of generosity into a continuous gift that keeps on giving. It’s a cycle of compassion that has the power to save countless lives.

How to Observe National Blood Donor Month

To observe National Blood Donor Month and contribute to this life-affirming cause, consider the following:

  • 1
    Commit to donating now and again in eight weeks, transforming blood donation into a regular habit.
  • 2
    Inspire others to join the cause and create a ripple effect, exponentially increasing blood donations where and when needed.
  • 3
    Please educate yourself about your blood type, recognizing that O-negative donors are particularly valuable due to their universal compatibility. Conversely, AB-positive donors are considered universal recipients.
diagram of blood types with relationship between donors and recipients

Join the Awareness and Give Life to Others

In the spirit of “Celebrating Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity in Blood Donation,” let us unite in the awareness of National Blood Donor Month. Whether you’re a first-time donor or a seasoned contributor, your act of kindness can bring hope to patients and their families.

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