It Is National Blood Donation Month!

Donate bloodNational Blood Donor Month

Before January comes to an end, it is time to roll up your sleeves to do some good. January is National Blood Donor Month, which is the perfect time to do your part to help those in need. National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated since 1970 as a way to call attention to the need for blood and to help recognize those who have saved lives by donating.

Although blood donations are needed all year long, they are especially needed during the winter months since blood donor rates tend to drop. Bad weather conditions cause many blood drives to be cancelled and many people have to cancel their appointments to donate due to illness. There is a constant need for blood to help keep a healthy and reliable blood supply, and each time you donate, you have the chance to save up to three lives.

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

All of us at The Insurance Shop in White Bear Lake, Minnesota would like to encourage you to do your part to save a life this month by donating blood.