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Start 2020 by helping to save a life. Why you should become a blood donor.

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Right now, the American Red Cross has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to give now to help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Having enough type O blood on hospital shelves is important for ongoing patient care and emergencies. In fact, type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

Human blood is something that can not be made in a lab, and someone in the U.S. needs blood every 2 seconds. Blood recipients include accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling illnesses like cancer, Sickle Cell Disease and other chronic conditions. 

Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets, and only about 3% of age-eligible people donate yearly. One blood donation can potentially save more than one life. 

January is National Blood Donor Month, and Microsoft News For Good is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a monthlong virtual blood drive for our readers. It's a great time to find out if you can help. Find a drive below to begin this life-changing contribution to others in need. 

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