To celebrate National Blood Donor Month in January, the Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts are joining together to help increase donations and reward donors.
Through the new “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donor Card.
In Shelton, a blood drive will take place Friday, Jan. 16 from 1-6:45 p.m. at the Shelton Community Center, 41 Church St.
January is a challenging time for blood donations, in the aftermath of the holiday season. Factors include inclement weather and the cold and flu season. National Blood Donor Month began in 1970 to raise awareness of the need for blood during the winter and throughout the year, while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.
The “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign also is taking place in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York state.
All blood types are needed
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors age 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).