This annual month-long observance provides the Siouxland Community Blood Bank an opportunity to pay tribute to past and present blood donors, and to extend an invitation to donate blood.
The community blood supply relies on volunteer blood donors to ensure that blood is available to the patients in need in a moment's notice.
Blood donors Greg and Sherry spend an hour together at their local blood bank making lifesaving donations every 56 days. "It's something very special that we do together," said Sherry. "We are proud to pass that kind of value on to our grandchildren. They are so excited to become old enough to save lives!"
Lauren is a 27-year-old donor who has been donating since high school. She donates because she wants to ensure that there is an ample blood supply available for her friends, family, neighbors, or even herself at a moment's notice. "I feel like donating blood is my obligation to give back to the community. It's so easy and makes me feel proud to know that I saved three lives in just one hour"
Thanks to volunteer blood donors like Greg, Sherry and Lauren, every day Siouxland patients are given a second chance at tomorrow. National Volunteer Blood Donor Month shows the community the importance of making blood donation an obligation, just as voting is.
"The seasons continue to change, but one thing remains the same: the need for blood," said Janette Twait, CEO. "There's no better time to donate than National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. Donating blood saves lives and without the generosity and commitment of donors, there simply would not be enough blood for many patients" Twait said.
Your next opportunity to donate in Gayville is Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center.
To be eligible to donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years of age. However, there is no upper age limit, as long as the donor is in good health. In addition, donors need to weigh over 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. A photo ID is required at the time of registration. For more information about Siouxland Community Blood Bank or blood drives in your area, call 712-252-4208, 1-800-798-4208 or visit their Web site at www.siouxlandbloodbank.org.