It never seems like something matters in the grand scheme of things until it becomes necessary, but then how many of us expect to find ourselves in a situation where we need blood?  The scarier thing is that most blood centers are unable to keep more than a 3-day supply on hand, so if the need is high and donors aren’t feeling generous, there could be some serious problems.

January is National Blood Donor Month and TM is encouraging you to do just that; donate.  Centers are asking and hoping that folks will give at least 2 to 4 times throughout the year and January could be your first.  It’s said that someone in America needs blood every two seconds and more than 38,000 donations of blood are needed on a daily basis.  Here’s something else to think about; the average donor gives about 3 pints of blood and a car accident victim may need up to 100 pints.  Additional facts and statistics can be found here .

US regulations state that someone can only donate once every 56 days, are at least 17 years of age, and weigh at least 110 pounds.  Also keep in mind that someone will ask you questions regarding your health, which is kept confidential, you’ll want to have a solid night of sleep before you donate, eat a meal beforehand (preferably with something like red meat, poultry, fish vegetables, nuts, raisins or anything else that will boost your iron levels), take any medication you normally do and relax.  It takes about 10-12 minutes to donate, then you’ll want to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for the rest of your day.  Further questions and answers about donating blood can be found on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The major way donors donate is typically through the American Red Cross and they have a page that allows you to find out where you can donate during specific dates.  Or, if you’re local to Michigan, you can always use the Michigan Blood website for the latest news, educational services and list of donation centers.

No matter where you go to donate, just remember that the life you save could be a relative, a friend or even your own.  Please join Trademark Productions in celebrating National Blood Donor month.

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