LifeSouth Celebrates National Blood Donor Month in January
Annual observance honors voluntary blood donors around the nation, including Florida’s First Coast
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Locally, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers — the sole blood provider for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Orange Park Medical Center, and all Baptist Medical Center locations is proud to participate in National Blood Donor Month to celebrate the selfless blood donors of the First Coast Region and encourage first-time donors to give the gift of life.
National Blood Donor Month was first celebrated in January 1970, after President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation establishing the observance. Now in its 50th year, the observance brings attention to the impact of blood donors at a time when many blood centers around the nation experience a supply shortage.
“Blood donors are truly the unsung heroes of the communities we serve,” said Nancy Eckert, CEO of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. “As the presidential proclamation states, ‘the voluntary blood donor truly gives life itself.’ Just one donation to LifeSouth can help save three lives in the community. We extend our deepest gratitude to the donors who make our work possible.”
LifeSouth encourages First Coast residents to participate in National Blood Donor Month in one of the following ways:
- Make a donation. Approximately 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, yet only 5 percent are active donors. LifeSouth welcomes regular and first-time donors to visit one of its donor centers at Baptist Medical Center and Baymeadows Way, or find one of our signature red, white and blue buses. All month long, donors will receive a special long-sleeve T-shirt (while supplies last);
- Host a blood drive. LifeSouth welcomes the support of businesses, organizations, churches and professional groups looking for a meaningful way to give back in the new year.
- Share your story. “No one ever asked me to donate” is one of the most common reasons why people don’t give blood. Your personal story about why you donate can help save lives. Tag @LifeSouth in your story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and use the hashtag #NationalBloodDonorMonth.
To find a donor center or blood drive, or to learn more about hosting a blood drive, visit LifeSouth.org.