Blood Bank of Delmarva observes national blood donor month

NEWARK, Del. – This January, Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) will take time to thank those who donate blood as we celebrate National Blood Donor Month.

It takes an average of 350 donors a day to supply the blood and blood products that our local hospitals need to treat their patients. It’s because of their dedication and commitment that BBD has never experienced a blood shortage in the areas we serve, no matter what the circumstances.

Observed since January 1970, National Blood Donor Month is not only designed to honor the thousands who are dedicated to helping to save lives, but also to encourage others to donate during the increasingly difficult winter months. Winter is when blood collection is particularly challenging due to the holidays, inclement weather, illness and travel.

“To become a blood donor is a New Year’s resolution that’s truly worth keeping,” said Michael Waite, Director of Marketing & Community Relations at the Blood Bank. “Over 20,000 patients a year in our hospitals depend on BBD donors to provide the lifesaving blood they need for surgeries, trauma and cancers, along with those who need blood transfusions to simply survive. That’s why we urge anyone who’s able to donate to strongly consider joining us. It’s the most personal gift you’ll ever give.

Blood Bank of Delmarva operates five permanent donor centers throughout the Delmarva region, as well as more than 30 mobile donation locations. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days as long as an individual is at least 17 years of age, weighs at least 110 pounds and is in generally good health. Platelets can be donated every two weeks, up to a maximum of 24 times per year.

As an added bonus, if you donate before January 31st, you’ll become eligible to win a 60” flatscreen TV as part of BBD’s Winter Blood Challenge.

For more information about the Blood Bank or to schedule a donation appointment, please call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8 or visit You can also download BBD’s mobile app and schedule an appointment on your mobile device.

About Blood Bank of Delmarva

Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) is a non‐profit community service organization that provides blood and blood products to hospitals in the greater Delmarva region. In addition, BBD provides donor testing services for blood collection centers. BBD is a member of America’s Blood Centers and accredited by AABB. For more information about the Blood Bank, or to schedule an appointment, download our mobile app, visit or call 1 888 8‐BLOOD‐8.

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