EATON — Eaton donors made sure January, which was National Blood Donor Month, ended on a high note by giving strong support to the Thursday, Jan. 28 community blood drive at the Church of the Visitation.
A total of 122 people registered to donate, resulting in 105 donations for 106 percent of the Community Blood Center collection goal. The Church of the Visitation blood drive is held annually in January as part of a six-blood drive rotation at different host locations.
Donors received a “Make Your Resolution Stick” stainless steel mug as a donor gift from CBC, but most didn’t need a reminder. Nearly all are regular donors at the Church of the Visitation blood drive and there was only one first-time donor Thursday.
All donors could use a reminder about where to go for the next blood drive in the rotation when they are eligible to donate again in two months. The old Church of the Brethren has sold, so the CBC blood drives previously hosted at that site will now move to the new Church of the Brethren at 813 Camden Road, Eaton.
The next blood drive in the rotation will be Thursday, March 31, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the new Church of the Brethren. This drive is sponsored by the Omicron Sigma Sorority.
The subsequent blood drive in the rotation is sponsored by the Eaton Church of the Brethren and will be held Thursday, May 26 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the new Church of the Brethren.
The blood drives that follow in the rotation are at their regular locations, including the July 21 blood drive at Eaton Fire & EMS.
National Blood Donor Month is observed in January because of the expected challenges to the blood supply. Winter weather can make travel difficult and disrupt the blood drive schedules at high schools and work places. Seasonal illnesses can also interfere with donating.
National Blood Donor Month is also a time to honor all those who donate whole blood, platelets, and plasma.
“Winter presents so many challenges,” said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman. “As I’m saying this, somewhere a patient needs blood, so the urgency never goes away. But not a day of the year goes by without hearing the stories and seeing the positive impact blood donations make on people’s lives. We can’t thank our donors enough. They give so much for the good of our community.”
CBC must register approximately 300 blood and platelet donors per day, with an average of seven mobile blood drives per day, to meet the needs of 24 partner hospitals in CBC’s 15-county service area.
If you are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and meet other donor requirements, you may be eligible to donate blood. Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org.