“One of the easiest ways to help save the lives of others is to donate blood,” said Yednock. “Typically there is a drop off of blood donations during the winter, following a busy holiday season and with winter weather, which makes January an especially critical month to donate and make a difference.”
January is recognized annually as National Blood Donor Month by the American Red Cross and recognizes the lifesaving contributions that people can make by donating blood or platelets. Each year, the Red Cross encourages people across the nation to give blood during January and throughout the winter to help meet patient needs nationally. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 donations per day to keep the blood supply ready for more than 2,600 hospitals, clinics and cancer centers across the United States.
“Giving blood is one the most meaningful and impactful ways a person can help others, by literally helping to give life to others,” said Yednock. “This not only helps patients who are dealing with illness or during a medical emergency, but also helps communities be prepared in cases of natural disasters. I encourage everyone to help others this January and throughout 2020 by donating blood and helping to save lives.”
To find out more information on donor eligibility or to locate a drive near you, visit www.redcrossblood.org, or contact Yednock’s full-time constituent service office at (815) 324-5055 or at StateRepYednock@gmail.com.