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National Blood Donor Month

Post Date:01/10/2019


WHEREAS, January is when the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month and
recognizes the lifesaving contribution of blood and platelet donors. This has been observed in January
since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter, a difficult time of year
to collect enough blood product to meet patient needs; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization (WHO) states “blood is the most precious gift that anyone
can give to another person-the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even
several if your blood is separated into its components-red cells, platelets, and plasma.”; and
WHEREAS, Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services states that about 38% of the US population can
donate blood but only 8% actually do; and
WHEREAS, someone needs blood every few seconds in the United States, and more than 4.5 million
Americans would die every year without lifesaving transfusions according to the American Red Cross;
WHEREAS, Vitalant needs 12,000 blood donations every single day to maintain an appropriate blood
supply; and
WHEREAS, the Journal of Epidemiology reports that blood donors are 88% less likely to have a heart
attack; and
WHEREAS, Vitalant states that each year donated blood is sent to Presbyterian Hospital in
Albuquerque, New Mexico and is then distributed, as blood supplies are needed, to 48 different hospitals
in the State of New Mexico; and
WHEREAS, Stephanie Seabrease, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative of Vitalant reports that
Curry County and Portales together have seen 801 eligible donors and collected over 1000 blood
products. Curry County Administration blood drives have produced 52 of those eligible donors and
Vitalant has collected 66 of the 1000 blood products from those donors.
WHEREAS, the Curry County Health Council (CCHC) will be holding its first of three blood drives on
January 24, 2019 from 11 AM – 3 PM in the parking lot of 417 Gidding St; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Chairman of Curry County Commission, do
hereby proclaim the Month of January 2019 as National Blood Donor Month and encourage the citizens
of Curry County to give the gift of life this year and donate to a local blood drive.
DONE, this 10th day of January, 2019.

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