January is National Blood Donor Month
By Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 13, 2014
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- --
National Blood Donor Month is dedicated to emphasizing the value of donating blood, while giving thanks to previous donors who have made a difference.
"Donating blood is important because there are people in our local hospitals that are in need," said Dianna Hemphill, public relations specialist at the Bonfils Blood Center in Denver. "We rely on the generosity of our donors to keep a constant supply."
According to the American Red Cross, more than 41,000 blood donations are required every day to help those in need since there is no substitute for human blood.
"Just one donation can help up to three people, due to the different substances in the blood such as platelets, plasma and red blood cells," explained Hemphill.
There are at least two blood drives held at the Buckley Health and Wellness Center on base each year, giving military members an easy way to do more for the local community, said Alan Muriera, HAWC health promotion manager and health educator.
According to the Bonfils website, the holiday season contributes to the greatest drop in donations all year, making donations during this time very important.
To schedule an appointment for a blood donation or for more information, call the Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit the Bonfils website
. On-base donation events are also posted to the Buckley Community Events Calender
once the events are scheduled.