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American Red Cross thanks those who donated during National Blood Donor Month

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The American Red Cross is thanking those who donate blood during National Blood Donor Month.

"As the new year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood throughout the year," John Hagins, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, said in a release.

All blood types are needed, but those with type O negative, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

To donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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.