UNDATED (WJON News) - January is National Blood Donor Month.

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An estimated 29,000 units of blood are needed every day in the U.S.

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The American Red Cross has helped streamline the process of making a blood donation with an app available for free from Google Play or the App Store. Once downloaded, the app will direct a donor to the nearest blood donation center or mobile event.

Blood Donation Facts from the American Red Cross:

  • Blood is needed every two seconds in the U.S.
  • Approximately 29,000 units of red blood are needed every day nationwide.
  • Nearly 5,000 units of platelets and 6,500 units of plasma are needed daily.
  • A single-car accident victim can need more than 100 units of blood.
  • “Type O” blood is the most requested blood type.

The Red Cross says a single donation can save more than one life. For more information on how to volunteer, find the American Red Cross here.

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