National Blood Donor Month

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NBDM-logocolor9January is National Blood Donor Month, and we at Lane Blood Center would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the lifesaving contributions blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare.

Our donors gave more than 22,300 units of blood in 2013. Because each unit of blood can help save three lives, that represents a potential 66,900 lives saved.

We can’t think of a better way to start the new year than donating blood.

It is no coincidence that National Blood Donor Month falls in January. Winter can be a difficult time for blood donations because of cold and flu season, inclement weather and various activities surrounding the holiday season.

Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood or platelets given, may offer hope to a patient in need.

How to donate blood:hands heart

Lane Blood Center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday. Call 541-484-9111 or visit www.laneblood.org to schedule your appointment.

To be eligible to donate you must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and have eaten a meal with protein within four hours of your donation.

Thank you, donors, for helping save Lane County lives.

Author: Rebecca Taylor

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