Some folks may not realize just how important it is to make time to donate blood. What we've found is that folks don't quite understand how much your community is impacted if you don't.
The Southeastern Community Blood Center is one of about 76 across the U.S. The purpose: to keep an adequate blood supply in the community.
Jeanne Dariotis of the Southeastern Community Blood Center says, "We are hoping that citizens will step up and realize that putting blood on the shelves in your local hospital depends on you."
Center officials say they've been able to meet local demands, but at times it's tough getting people to put donating blood on their to do list.
Another popular excuse is the phobia of needles.
Jeanne says, "Nobody likes needles. I don't like needles, but it's not painful and it doesn't last very long."
In fact it takes about 30 minutes to donate one pint, which is capable of saving up to three lives.
Carol Daws says, "There's so many things that going on and we all think how can I help, and this is one way. You don't have to write a check or take money out of your account."
Jeanne adds, "You can't wait until someone you know needs blood and say hey, I'll run down now, my family needs it."
So instead, do your part to ensure it will already be there, and remember the life you're able to save, may be your own.
Blood center officials say January is actually one of the slowest months of the year. All month they're urging folks to come give the gift of life.