According to Rich Larcombe of United Blood Services, of Minot, N.D., blood donors are often in short supply, before, during and after the holidays. Historically, this is the most difficult time of year to meet patient demands for two reasons: regular blood donors become so busy with holiday activities, they forget to donate; and businesses are reluctant to sponsor blood drives because their employees are busier than usual.
Too many Americans wait until they need blood before they truly realize the importance of volunteer blood donation. Donating blood saves lives. It may not be your neighbor or co-worker or best friend who needs your blood today. But someone does. Every two seconds, someone needs blood in the United States. Make lifesaving a habit starting this January – National Blood Donor Month.
With that thought in mind, the Devils Lake Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a blood drive being held in the Devils Lake Armory Monday, January 14 from 12 Noon to 6 p.m. and Tuesday January 15 between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment for a blood donations please call Jim Schiele at 662-5633 or email email@example.com
“Generally, most healthy people over 16 may donate,” Larcombe explained. “There are numerous people who do not realize they are qualified to donate. People who are taking medications that regulate the body, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, hormone replacements, diet pills, high blood pressure, cholesterol medications, antibiotics for acne, or medications for diabetes CAN and SHOULD donate.”
Currently, less than four percent of the North Dakota population donates blood to supply the 90,000 units needed each year. Meanwhile, the demand is rapidly increasing due to modern surgical techniques and new therapeutic uses for blood. Additional “lifesaving” blood donors are needed almost daily
As usual walk-ins are always welcome