San Diego Blood Bank celebrates National Blood Donor Month

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) is celebrating National Blood Donor Month throughout January by asking people in the community to make a resolution to become regular blood donors and to start by making their first appointment this month.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs, according to SDBB.

Coming out of the holiday season, blood banks across the country traditionally see a decrease in donations at this time. High school and college blood drives are on hiatus while schools are out of session for the holidays, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.

“With the holidays behind us, we’re asking our community to help keep our blood supply at a safe level,” says Dr. David Wellis, San Diego Blood Bank CEO. “There is no substitute for blood – donations are needed now.”

In celebration of National Blood Donor Month, SDBB will feature stories from blood donors, transfusion recipients and blood bank staff throughout the month of January on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To be eligible to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health. For more information on National Blood Donor Month or to make an appointment, visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org or call 1-800-4MY-SDBB.

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