Consider donating your blood

It’s January, typically a slow time for most people.

While many are doing well just to get to work and back home daily, it’s safe to say that extracurricular activities are at a slowed pace.

Despite that mentality this time of the year, we’re asking Mid-Ohio Valley residents to consider donating blood. Health officials say donations often decline in January for a number of reasons. It’s cold outside and some people don’t venture out in bad weather, and it’s a time many people are sick and cannot give blood.

For those who are healthy, giving blood is a great opportunity to give back to the community.

The Red Cross is especially in need of O negative blood, the universal blood type that can be transfused to patients of all blood types, as well as B negative and A negative. And the goal this year is to bring in at least 500 people to produce 400 successful blood donations.

Please remember that blood is needed by cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, transplant recipients, trauma victims and more.

Individuals 17 years old or older weighing 110 pounds or more may be eligible to donate blood. And a 16-year-old can donate with signed permission from a parent. Individuals should bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification when coming to donate.

It’s important to note that blood donors must be healthy, without cold or flu symptoms and must not be taking antibiotics at the time of donation.

Please donate blood. It’s an unselfish and very important act of kindness.

To find out where to donate, contact the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross at 373-0281.