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It’s National Blood Donor Month. Here’s How to Participate

Learn How to Participate in National Blood Donor Month

Participate in National Blood Donor Month.

January is National Blood Donor Month! Join us in giving back to the community by visiting our local blood banks and donating blood. It’s a precious resource that can only be acquired by selfless donors. In fact, each generous donation can help save up to three lives. However, far too often blood banks are low on blood, especially during the winter months. Following are the eligibility requirements so that we can determine if we’re eligible to donate.

Age & Weight.

To donate blood, the donor must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. That way it’s been established that if we’re old enough and have enough body mass, we can withstand the donation without any health complications.

Good General Health.

To donate blood, we must be in good health. If we’ve been sick lately, it’s advised that we wait until we feel better. That may seem like common sense but this way we won’t spread pathogens to recipients of our donations.

Frequency Criteria as suggested by the American Red Cross:

Blood (whole blood) – Every 56 days.

Platelets – Every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

Plasma – Every 28 days, up to 13 times a year.

Power Red – Every 112 days, up to 3 times a year.

There are additional requirements to make sure we are eligible for donations.  Please log on to www.redcrossblood.org to learn more.

Check with the local blood bank for additional eligibility requirements. Join The Maria Sanchez Show in participating in National Blood Donor Month. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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