Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse Tuesday signed a proclamation declaring January 2006 as National Blood donor Month at Storm Lake City Hall.
Since 1970, the President of the United States has recognized January as National Blood Donor Month, highlighting the importance of giving the gift of life through blood donation. This proclamation launches the "Give Blood...the Gift of Life" campaign and highlights the need for continual and consistent volunteer blood donations to maintain local community blood supplies.
"We appreciate the support volunteer blood donors have shown to their community blood supply, knowing that each donation can help save up to three lives," says Janette Twait, CEO of Siouxland Community Blood Bank. "Those medically able can give up to six times a year. About 60 percent of people over the age of 17 are eligible to give but only about 5 percent do."
The Siouxland Community Blood Bank needs to collect over 1,500 units of blood each week to maintain a safe and dependable blood supply for thirty-five area hospitals they service in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. National Blood Donor Month encourages current donors to give as often as they are allowed and first-time donors to consider how important it is to give the gift of life.
To be eligible to donate, individuals must be at least 17 (16 in Iowa with a Siouxland Community Blood Bank signed parent consent form). However, there is no upper age limit as long as the donor is in good health. In addition, donors need to weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. A photo I.D. is required at the time of registration.
For more information about the Siouxland Community Blood Bank or blood drives in your area, call 712-252-4208, 1-800-798-4208 or visit their Web site at www.siouxland bloodbank.org