Help save lives during National Blood Donor Month

Published 11:00 am Friday, January 5, 2024

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 and recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up their sleeves to help patients in need. The community is invited to help save lives by donating blood on Thursday, January 18 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Steps to HOPE/Basement Community Room, located at 60 Ward St. in Columbus. 

The winter months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelets to meet patient needs. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can prevent some donors from making or keeping appointments to give. Blood donors with all blood types are encouraged to make an appointment to give. 

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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Submitted by Gail Barksdale