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National Blood Donor Month
ILLINOIS--January marks National Blood Donor month.
A critical time for blood banks, as they wait for people to give blood.
Today, the Community Blood Services of Illinois held a blood drive in St. Joseph.
Health officials say, now is when they really need donations, as many tend to get sick around this time of year.
They say a person has 10 pints of blood, and donating will only take one pint away.
It takes about an hour of your day, but only 5-10 minutes of it is spent giving blood.
Some common myths of why you can't donate:
Getting tattoos and piercings within the last year, and those with diabetes sometimes think they can't donate.
Both are simply not true.
If you want to host a blood drive, or donate, you can call 1-800-217-GIVE.