This January, the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors. As we begin the New Year, the Red Cross encourages individuals to resolve to roll up a sleeve to give this month.
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Preparing for Your Blood Donation: Today, blood donation is in high demand, with someone needing blood every two seconds in the United States. To qualify, blood donors must be at least 17-years-old, weigh at least 110 lbs., and be in good general health. While much of the U.S. population meet these requirements, less than 10 percent of eligible donors donate annually.