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How to give blood locally during National Blood Donor Month (and beyond)

A donor during a donation | Photo provided by The Blood Connection

Our New Year’s resolutions: exercise more, spend less on coffee, and save lives.

That third resolution? Not a joke, and easier than you might think. Did you know that one blood donation has the power to save up to three local lives? It’s quick + easy, and you can donate every 56 days. That’s six times a year, aka 18 potential lives saved

Giving blood is especially impactful in winter months when weather + seasonal illnesses often make it difficult to maintain a sufficient blood supply. The ongoing pandemic has made it increasingly difficult due to blood drive cancellations, fear of donating in a pandemic, and shutdowns in certain areas. 

A donor smiles with a masked staff member after completing a donation at a center | Photo provided by The Blood Connection

Columbia’s The Blood Connection (TBC) donation center, located in Lexington at 5141 Sunset Blvd (next to Five Guys)., provides much-needed blood for local organizations and hospitals like Lexington Medical Center and Midlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.   

According to the FDA, it’s safe to donate blood during the ongoing pandemic. TBC follows COVID-19 safety protocols, like wearing masks, during the donation process to ensure the safety of donors and staff.  

The Blood Connection’s President and CEO Delisa English announces TBC’s participation in the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps | Photo provided

TBC recently became a member of the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (BERC), a network of community blood centers committed to placing a set number of blood units into a reserve in the case of a mass casualty emergency. This means your donation could save a neighbor or someone in need across the country.

Ready to help save lives? Schedule an appointment here.🩸*