Donors at Hoxworth’s seven Neighborhood Donor Centers and select blood drives will receive a limited-edition Hoxworth quarter-zip pullover when they donate blood or platelets between Monday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 16.
Since 1970, January has been declared National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, a dedicated time to recognize regular blood donors and encourage others in the community to start donating. Cara Nicolas, associate director of public relations at Hoxworth, calls blood donors the unsung heroes in our community.
“Every day, patients in local hospitals need blood and platelets to survive traumas, organ transplants, and cancer treatments,” Nicolas said. “There is no artificial substitute for blood and no way to create it in a lab, so all of the blood needed for these treatments has to come from blood donors—individuals who don’t mind spending an hour or two to save the life of a stranger in their community. We’re proud of our team of lifesavers and excited to celebrate National Blood Donor Month this January.”
Nicolas added that blood centers across the U.S. see a drop in donor turnout during the winter months, even in non-pandemic times. Hoxworth Blood Center needs to collect more than 400 units of blood daily to meet demands of area hospitals.
Appointments are encouraged to maintain proper social distancing, and masks are required of all donors. To schedule a donation, visit hoxworth.org or call (513) 451-0910.