January is National Blood Donor Month. The American Red Cross celebrates the month to encourage giving blood, which saves lives. National Blood Donor Month has been observed since 1970 primarily with the hope of increasing blood donations during the year’s slowest season. Bad weather often cancels blood drives and seasonal illnesses like flu contribute to a slower rate of donations.
There are many donation locations in Lake and Sumter counties that are easy to find on the internet. If you’re looking for a great project for your business, organization, community group, or church, think about organizing a blood drive with the Big Red Bus, making it convenient for everyone to donate blood in a handy location.