January is National Blood Donor Month, can you donate?

January 23, 2024
IDHW Communications

Every day, people across the country and here in Idaho need blood to treat a variety of life-threatening conditions. Donating blood is always important because blood has a short shelf life, and there is constantly a need.

This January, National Blood Donor Month, is a good reminder that giving blood is crucial to save people’s lives and to make sure blood is available when it’s needed. Donors, especially those who donate regularly, keep the nation’s blood supply stable.

Idahoans can make a big difference by making blood or plasma donations a regular habit. 

There are some requirements blood donors must meet to ensure the health and safety of patients and donors, including feeling well and being in good health, being at least 16 years old, and weighing at least 110 pounds. See a more detailed list of requirements from the American Red Cross.

Donating is safe and simple, and the donation process can take as little as 45 minutes. Help spread the word this month by using the hashtag #GivingEqualsLiving and encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to donate blood. Your generous donation can make a difference.


The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. Learn more at healthandwelfare.idaho.gov. 

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