As the new year begins, I would like to recognize January as National Blood Donor Awareness Month. This is a nationwide initiative to celebrate and recognize blood donors. National Blood Month has taken place each January since 1970. Donating blood saves many lives and improves the health for many people. A decision to donate blood can save a life, so this week I would like to talk about how to donate blood.
According to the American Red Cross, one donation can potentially save up to three lives. Furthermore, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The blood supply is necessary for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Each donation is essential for the lifesaving care that can be provided.
A way to donate in the Coastal Bend is through the Coastal Bend Blood Center, which was established in 1969. The services the center provide include donor recruiting, community education, drawing, processing, and distribution. The Blood Center provides services to 19 medical facilities in the 10- county service area of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio. The Blood Center offers opportunities to donate blood throughout the service area seven days a week with bloodmobiles.
Some of the basic donor requirements for the Blood Center are you must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. (115lbs. if 17 years of age), be in general good health, and have an I.D. at the time of the donation. For more information about the basic qualifications to donate blood visit Basic Qualifications.
To learn more about the Coastal Bend Blood Center, please visit Coastal Bend Blood Center. Also, to see more statistics, visit the American Red Cross. Let us use this month to inspire us to donate blood to save lives.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).
– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32
Rep. Hunter represents Nueces (Part) County. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 512-463-0672.