National Blood Donor Month

Posted On January 1, 2020
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National Blood Donor Month is observed in January and sponsored by the American Red Cross. It takes place in January because blood donations typically drop off during and immediately after the winter holidays. For this reason, January is a critical time for the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 donations every day to keep the blood supply ready and available to meet the needs of about 2,600 hospitals, clinics and cancer centers across the country. They rely on voluntary blood donors. You may contact American Red Cross to obtain information on donation dates and locations in your area.

If you are thinking about donating blood, here are some tips to consider for a successful donation: (1) Eat a good breakfast or lunch before donating, (2) Drink extra water before donating, (3) Eat food rich in iron like red meat, fish, poultry, prunes, raisins, green leafy veggies, and beans.

The need for blood donations is constant and your donation is important for maintaining a healthy and reliable blood supply. You’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life!

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At Georgia State, we support National Blood Donor month at all campuses. If you are interested in donating blood you can do so at many of our campuses. The Office of Civic Engagement is partnering with the American Red Cross on the Atlanta Campus, and you can donate on January 14th and 15th  in the Urban Life building, 2nd Floor Lobby, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you are not on the Atlanta Campus, below are dates and times you can donate on other campuses.

Clarkston Campus                     Alpharetta Campus                            Newton Campus
January 28, 2020                        January 29, 2020                                  January 28, 2020
CN Building Lobby                     AA Patio Area (Mobile Unit)               2N Building Lobby
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                             9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                     9 a.m. – 4 p.m.