What did you do special for New Year’s? Do you have any special traditions? Or do you still need to make a New Year’s Resolution or two?
For years, my father and I had a routine we shared during the holidays when I would travel home from college. We would go downtown into Oklahoma City to the Oklahoma Blood Institute to donate blood. That became part of our New Year’s celebration.
Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donation Month in the United States. It is a time of year where blood is traditionally in short supply, partially due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. No matter the time of year blood is always in need.
If you wish to donate, call your local blood bank. Be prepared to reveal your diagnoses and provide a list of the medications you use. If you are not able to give your own blood, you can still contribute by spreading awareness and encouraging others to donate, or by providing a financial donation.
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Give a Pint. Save a Life. Become a Blood Donor.