(ATLANTIC) January is National Blood Donor Month.
Officials with the American Red Cross are encouraging individuals to get out and donate at one of their regular blood drives.
“It’s important for us to make sure that we have an adequate blood supply so that when accidents and emergencies and other trauma’s occur where people need blood, it’s available,” said April Oppliger, Communications Program Manager with the local American Red Cross. She said it takes about 72 hours after the blood is collected for it to go out to the hospital partners, so that is why it is so important for the blood to already be there on the shelves.
Oppliger said all blood types are needed, but particularly the O-negative donors.
“Because the O-negative donors, their blood can be given to anyone, so if an accident happened and blood was needed urgently and they didn’t have time to make sure of that person’s blood type they could them that O and it would be compatible,” said Oppliger. “But really, truly all types are needed at this time of year. During the winter we tend to see a decline in blood donations so no matter your type, we do need your blood.”
A blood drive is being held at the Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic until 6 p.m. tonight. Upcoming blood drives this month will be held in Griswold tomorrow (Friday), Red Oak on the 16th, Carson on the 17th, Walnut on the 18th, Lewis on the 19th, Villisca and Westphalia on the 25th, and Avoca on the 31st. More information on area blood drives can be found online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.