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Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month

WICHITA -- January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of dedicated blood donors across the country for helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.

Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the effect it can have. Every day, approximately 44,000 pints of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, cancer patients and more.

January can be an especially challenging month to collect blood donations because of inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Throughout the month, the Red Cross is honoring the contributions of those who roll up their sleeves to help save lives, one donation at a time.

Join the nearly 4 million dedicated Red Cross blood donors across the country and make an appointment to give by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling (800) RED-CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Russell: noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 16, Fossil Creek Inn & Suites.

Colby: noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 29 and 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30, National Guard Armory.

Hays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31, Hays Medical Center Hadley Room.