Donating blood is a relatively simple way to make a meaningful contribution to others, and maybe even save a life. Donated blood, according to the American Red Cross, can help those fighting cancer and recovering from surgery, as well as people who have experienced blood loss due to traumatic injury. Every January, due to the cold and flu season, and the recent holidays, the amount of blood donations received decreases, and, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, donations are down even more. January is National Blood Donor Month, and the best way to celebrate is to donate blood or participate in a blood drive.
The South Side Mall in Goody, Kentucky will be hosting a blood drive on January 21, 2022 from 1:30 pm to 7:00pm. You can call the mall office at 606-237-1200 for additional information. If you’re interested in attending this local blood drive, or in donating blood elsewhere, there are a few things you need to know.
Prior to donating, it’s important to have eaten plenty. The American Red Cross recommends eating iron-rich foods, like beans, spinach, red meat, or fish. It’s also important to be hydrated and well-rested on the day of your donation. If you’re planning to donate platelets, you’ll need to avoid aspirin for a couple of days prior.
To learn more about National Blood Donor Month, visit the Red Cross webpage.