Help save lives by donating blood
Only 3 out of every 100 Americans donate blood, according to the American Red Cross. Do you? January is National Blood Donor Month so if you have never given blood before, or haven’t in the past three months, it might be time to consider it.
In order to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, healthy and weigh 110 pounds. When you donate, you can help up to three people. On top of that, donating blood also has certain health benefits.
Provides a picture of your health
Before donating blood, each potential donor gets a basic physical. Blood pressure, pulse and vital signs are all checked, so it is a handy reminder between visits to the doctor.
Reduces health risks
Donating blood on a regular basis can regulate iron levels (fighting heart disease); lower your risk against lung, liver, colon, stomach and throat cancers; and decrease your risk of a heart attack or a stroke.
Your body replaces the blood volume lost, and that replenished blood can help your body work more efficiently.
Yes, Columbia hosts the annual Homecoming and Greek Week blood drives. However, it’s important to remember that donating blood should be a year-round activity. You can donate blood every 56 days. There are always opportunities in town for you to donate and help save lives. Contact the local Red Cross office at 573-449-2656 to stay updated on drives around the city.
You can also donate today at the Molly Bowden Memorial Blood Drive from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Grace Bible Church at 601 Blue Ridge Drive. Check out www.savealifenow.org for more information.