Roll Up Your Sleeves To Give Back This Month

Featured Author: Contra Costa Living Blog Team

National Blood Donor Month

It is the perfect time to roll up your sleeves to give back this month! January is National Blood Donor Month and is the best time to donate blood to help those in need. Celebrated since 1970, National Blood Donor Month helps to bring awareness to the need for blood while also recognizing those who do their part to save lives by donating.

January is one of the most difficult times for blood donations. Bad weather conditions can cause blood drives to be cancelled, and many people get sick during the winter so they are not able to donate blood. There is a constant need for blood, especially during the winter months. People with type O negative blood are especially needed to donate since O negative blood can be transfused to people with any blood type, making it especially important in trauma situations.

The process to donate blood is fast and simple. After a mini-physical to check your pulse, temperature, blood pressure, and hemoglobin level, you are set up in a comfortable chair. The actual donation process only takes about 10 minutes and uses a small needle that feels like a quick pinch. After you are done donating, you get to relax, enjoy something to drink and a tasty snack to eat. You are able to go back to your regular daily activities after donating blood, just make sure to stay hydrated.

There are many opportunities to donate blood in the area to make donating easy and convenient.

For more information on what is going happening in your local community, contact All About Contra Costa in Orinda, California, your local community forum.