Blood Donor Awareness Month is this January, so now’s the time to start preparing! Whether you’re organizing a blood drive or simply want to help raise awareness about why donating blood is so important, check out our ideas outlined below.
1. Host an American Red Cross blood drive
The American Red Cross offers tons of tips and resources that will come in handy if you choose to organize a blood drive in honor of Blood Donor Awareness Month. According to its website, the American Red Cross will help out a lot during your blood donation drive. A host is expected to offer a good location, recruit donors, publicize the event and create a schedule. But the American Red Cross will do the rest! (This includes bringing equipment, supplies and screening and collecting the donations.)
2. Spread the word
If you don’t have the time or resources to plan a blood drive, why not take the opportunity to spread awareness about donating blood? You can print up flyers and hand them out at the office, in schools and throughout your community. Here are some statistics you might want to include in your promotional materials, courtesy of the American Red Cross:
- Someone in America needs blood every two seconds.
- Every day, over 44,000 blood donations are needed.
- Hospitals most often request Type O blood.
- Just one car accident victim can require nearly 100 pints of blood.
3. Hand out giveaways
If you want your Blood Donor Awareness Month message to last a little bit longer, consider giving away promotional products. They’re great for promoting events and bring attention to the issues. Moreover, people will hold onto your giveaways beyond January, making your purchase well worth the money.
How will you take part in Blood Donor Awareness Month?