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.