Albright College

National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

Blood banking organizations across the country are appealing to all the eligible blood donors to donate in January, a time when blood supplies across the nation are traditionally in short supply.

Every day in our country, approximately 38,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims. The goal is to help ensure that blood is available to patients whenever and wherever it is needed because it is the blood on the shelves that helps saves lives.

It is important to remember that blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, which means it constantly needs to be replenished and donors can safely donate whole blood every 56 days.

Those interested in donating blood may call Keystone Community Blood Bank at (610)-926-6060 or you can visit their website: http://www.giveapint.org/main.shtml