January Is National Blood Donor Month
January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to encourage donors to give blood or pledge to give blood. The month also aims to raise awareness about the importance of blood donations and to encourage donations at a time that blood is typically in short supply due to the holidays, travel, inclement weather and illness.
The message surrounding the importance of donating blood has clearly found its mark among AAMC’s own employees.
Stevie Saunders, senior administrative assistant in Human Resources, began donating blood in the early 1970s when a blood drive was held at a new job she had just taken in Washington, D.C. Though she was both eager and nervous at the time, she didn’t hesitate to roll up her sleeve and donate, following an example her mother had set for her.
“My mother always gave blood when she could,” Saunders said. “I credit her for instilling a desire to help others in this way.”
To date, Saunders has donated 41 units of blood at AAMC and continues to donate on a regular basis.
Critical care nurse Colleen Crowe-Elville, R.N., also is a regular blood donor, having provided 36 units of life-saving blood to AAMC. Prior to working here, she donated to the Red Cross.
“I give because I have been blessed with good health my entire life,” explained Crowe-Elville. “If doing something that is as easy as giving blood makes a difference in another’s life, than I am so happy to give. We are all in this together.”
All blood donated at AAMC’s Donor Center stays on the hospital campus, helping our patients and the community. One donation of blood can save up to three lives, as each donation is separated in components (red blood cells, platelets and plasma) that can be used for several patients.
Giving the gift of blood is a simple way to make a big difference. To be eligible, donors must be age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Please consider donating and making a difference in the lives of our patients and community.
The AAMC Blood Donor Center is located in the Wayson Pavilion, Suite 450. For more information or to schedule a donation, please call the AAMC Blood Donor Center at (443) 481-4215.
About Blood Donation
- One donation of blood can save three lives
- Blood donated at AAMC stays at AAMC, directly benefiting our patients
- You may donate blood every 56 days
- Donating blood is a safe, easy process, and takes about one hour from start to finish