January is National Blood Donor Month. We encourage anyone who is able to donate to do so — and bring a friend with you to donate, as well. And keep doing it — you can give blood every eight weeks.

In the best of times, keeping the nation’s blood supply at proper levels is a challenge. But it becomes even more challenging in winter, when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses tend to keep people inside more. Add to that a pandemic that has had everyone staying home more — whether by choice or mandate — and the cancellation of church, business and community blood drives, and the situation becomes critical.

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227; Margaret.Gardner@galvnews.com

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Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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