January is National Blood Donor Month and Casa Loma College students and employees are set for Thursday, January 17th to give!

Blood donations typically drop off during and immediately after the winter holidays, which makes National Blood Donor Month in January a critical time for the American Red Cross. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 donations every day to keep the blood supply ready and available to meet the needs of about 2,600 hospitals, clinics and cancer centers across the country. They rely on voluntary blood donors like you!

Eligible blood and platelet donors are urged to schedule a donation today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting  the American Red Cross  or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Help even more people by inviting your sister, daughter or other family members, friends and colleagues to donate too.

Five Health Benefits from Donating Blood:

  • Free blood tests – donated blood is tested, and donor can ask to be informed if any irregularities are found.
  • Satisfaction of saving human lives
  • Calorie burn – Blood donation process burns 650 calories – about the same as an average spin class!
  • Reduced risk of heart disease – helps eliminate excess buildup of iron in the blood
  • Reduced risk of cancer – also due to reduction of excess iron buildup in the blood

Understanding Your Blood Type

Have you ever wondered how they determine your blood type? If you are curious  click here.

Types of Blood Donations

Giving the “right” type of blood donation – based on your blood type and patient needs – helps ensure the best use of your valuable contribution. Here are some things to consider when determining how you can have the most impact. Click here  for more information.

Why Give Blood?

You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason. First time donors learn about the donation process by clicking here.