Happy National Blood Donor Month!

January Is Blood Donor Month

It is time to roll up your sleeves to do some good! January is National Blood Donor Month, which is the perfect time to give back to those in need. Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated to help raise awareness of the growing need for blood, especially during the winter months and throughout the whole year, while also recognizing those who do their part and donate.

You do not need a specific reason to donate blood. Whether you are donating blood to help someone in particular or just because you think it is the right thing to do, each time you donate blood you can help to save up to three lives. There is always a need for blood, especially O negative blood, since O negative blood can be transferred to anybody, not matter his or her blood type.

The blood donation process is very easy and fast. After a mini-physical to check your temperature, pulse, hemoglobin level, and blood pressure, you are set up in a comfortable chair. The needle that is used to donate blood is small and only feels like a quick prick. The entire process only takes around 10 minutes to donate around a pint of blood. After you are done donating, you get to relax and enjoy something to drink and a tasty snack. You are able to do all of your normal daily activities after you are done donating, just make sure to stay hydrated. You can then feel good knowing you helped someone in need!

Kurt Rolf Insurance Agency in Hopkins, Minnesota would like to encourage you to do your part in helping those in need by donating blood this month and throughout the year.