January is National Blood Donor Month! Every year, millions of people around the world donate blood. This simple act of generosity has the power to save lives. In fact, every pint of blood donated can help up to three people. 

Why is blood donation important? 

Blood is an essential component of our bodies. It carries oxygen and nutrients to our cells, helps fight off infection, and controls bleeding. Unfortunately, there is no artificial substitute for blood. This means that patients who need blood transfusions rely on the generosity of others. 

There are many reasons why people need blood transfusions. Some of the most common reasons include: 

  • Trauma 
  • Surgery 
  • Cancer treatment 
  • Anemia 
  • Blood disorders 

Who can donate blood? 

Most people in good health between the ages of 17 and 70 are eligible to donate blood. There are a few medical conditions that may disqualify you from donating, but you can always check with your doctor to see if you are eligible. 

What are the benefits of donating blood? 

In addition to saving lives, there are many benefits to donating blood. These include: 

  • Improved heart health 
  • Reduced risk of cancer 
  • Lower risk of hemochromatosis 
  • Feeling good about helping others 

How can I donate blood? 

There are many ways to donate blood. You can visit a blood bank, donate at a blood drive, or even host your own blood drive. 

Here are some tips when donating blood: 

  • Eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating. 

  • Get a good night's sleep before donating. 

  • Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up easily. 

  • Bring a photo ID with you. 

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to donate. 

  • Relax and rest after donating. 

Donating blood is a safe and easy way to make a difference in someone's life. Every drop counts, so please consider donating blood today. 


Below are some additional resources that you may find helpful: 

American Red Cross: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results 

AABB: https://www.aabb.org/ 

Bloodworks Northwest: https://www.bloodworksnw.org/