During National Blood Donor Month this January, donors of all blood types are needed to give blood to help ensure a sufficient supply in the new year. Seasonal declines often occur during winter because of severe winter weather and illnesses, like the flu.

The next Mid-County collection will be noon to 5:45 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Owosso Knights of Columbus Hall, 1259 E. M-21, Owosso.

How to donate blood: Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, persons may visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

National Blood Donor Month was last modified: January 13th, 2016 by Karen Elford