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January is National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month

According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States is in need of life-saving blood every two seconds. While medical advances have increased rapidly, there is still no substitute for the power source that runs through our veins. And although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10% actually does.

January is an especially difficult time for people to donate blood because of challenging weather conditions, post-holiday buzz and winter illnesses. However, giving blood this time of the year is crucial, as the national blood supply often runs dangerously low.

Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month: a time to pay tribute to those who already donate, recognize the life-saving attributions of blood donations and encourage others to add save a life to their New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re still not sure if donating blood is the right decision for you, check out all the answers to your questions here, and help give life this January.

Who do blood donations help?
Blood donations help anyone who needs blood for any number of medical services. They help your friend, your family member and your neighbor down the street. In fact, one out of every seven people entering the hospital needs blood—and blood donations fill this need.

According to the American Red Cross, during a regular blood donation process, the average donor will give about one whole pint of blood. This single donation has the potential of saving as many as three lives. There are four main transfusable products derived from this pint of blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. In just one single day in the U.S., approximately 7,000 platelets, 10,000 units of plasma and 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed. Your single pint of blood goes towards meeting these needs.

Who can donate blood?
Many people can donate blood and don’t even know it. If you’re 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health, you may be eligible to donate. While all blood types are wanted, there are some who are in greater demand. There are four main blood types: O, A, B and AB (positive and negative).

The most requested blood type by hospitals is type O. Type O negative blood is the universal red blood cell donor, meaning it can be transfused to people of all blood types, especially in emergency situations and with newborns. And while only 7% of the U.S. population has O negative blood, only 3% has AB positive, which is the universal donor of plasma. If you think you are eligible to donate blood, you can find your nearest blood donation center to learn your blood type and see the impact you can make.

How can I get started?
According to the Red Cross, the number one reason donors say they give blood is because they want to help others. The most common reasons people say they don’t give blood is because they never thought about it, or they don’t like needles.

However, the donation process is simple and sanitary, with four main steps: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and then refreshments. The actual donation time lasts as little as 10-12 minutes, with the entire process typically being about an hour and 15 minutes. And while needles can be scary, the potential of saving lives is definitely something worthwhile.

If you’re interested in donating blood this January, you can go online to find the closest blood drive location, either nationally or through your local blood bank. You can even skip the line by registering online and making an appointment.

Donating blood can seem like an overwhelming process, but the difference it makes is life-saving. This year, make your New Year’s Resolutions altruistic by celebrating National Blood Donor Month in January, and for the rest of 2017.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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