By: Dan Messineo
It's National Blood Donor Month. The American Red Cross said just spending an hour of your time donating can save someone's life.
According to the Red Cross, 1 pint of donated blood can save up to 3 lives. So, during National Blood Donor Month the Red Cross said they want to get the word out about the importance of regular blood donation.
Lincoln residents will have multiple opportunities to donate blood this month. Scheels, Nebraska Heart Institute and the UNL Recreation Center, among other locations, will be hosting blood drives.
Blood is always needed. Every 2 seconds someone has a blood transfusion, and every year, 5 million patients in the U.S. need blood. The Red Cross said many regular donors don't give this time of year because of bad weather or seasonal illness. So, it's more important than ever for first-time donors to turn out and give.
Make an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- Jan. 21 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Scheels All Sports, 2960 Pine Lake Road in Lincoln, Neb.
- Jan. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Nebraska Heart Institute Medical Office Building, 7440 S. 91st St. in Lincoln, Neb.
- Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Nebraska at Lincoln Campus Recreation Center, 841 N. 14th St. in Lincoln, Neb.
- Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Nebraska at Lincoln Campus Recreation Center, 841 N. 14th St. in Lincoln, Neb.
- Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at University of Nebraska Union, 220 Nebraska Union in Lincoln, Neb.
- Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University of Nebraska Lincoln East Campus College of Law, 40th and Holdrege in Lincoln, Neb.
For more information on donating blood, you can click on this link http://www.redcrossblood.org/ for the American Red Cross blood donation homepage.