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Features Health & Wellness January has been designated National Blood Donor Month

Throughout the month of January, the American Red Cross celebrates the contributions of thousands of volunteer blood donors in our area who give the gift of life with every blood donation.

January has been designated National Blood Donor Month to raise awareness of blood donation during the time of year when blood supplies often fall to their lowest levels. Giving blood is a way to support the community by helping to ensure that a stable inventory is available for premature babies, cancer patients, or the many people who suffer accidents and other illnesses which may require transfusions.

National Blood Donor Month not only honors those who give blood each year, but is also a time to educate and encourage new donors about the importance of giving blood. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, and, therefore, must continually be replenished. Donors can give blood every 56 days, or up to six times a year.

This year, you can make a difference. All it takes is your willingness to help someone in need and a pint of your blood. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

— Thursday, January 6 - Franklin Community Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call (828)369-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Friday, January 14 - Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 am to 5 pm. Call (828)369-4166 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Tuesday, January 25 - Macon County Public Library Blood Drive, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, 10 am to 7 pm. Call (828)524-3600 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Walk-ins welcome; appointments preferred. All presenting donors have a chance to win one of two pairs of Delta Air Lines tickets.

All eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.


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