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January is Blood Donor Awareness Month

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As we move into 2013 and think about the positive changes we wish to make in the coming year, here is a suggestion from LifeSouth: donate blood.  In Birmingham, LifeSouth representatives say the community blood center needs more than 1,800 donors every month to meet the needs of local hospitals.  Donors give with the understanding that they could be helping their neighbors, their friends and their family members. A blood donation is a gift to our entire community.

January is set aside as Blood Donor Awareness month, and these donors can use some help. Nationally only about 4 percent of Americans donate blood regularly.  As our population ages in this country, the need for blood is climbing. Currently it's estimated that 1 out of every 7 patients entering a hospital will require a blood transfusion.  To these donors and to all who gave blood in 2012, LifeSouth sends thanks.  


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