January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, and 22News hosted a blood drive at our studios in Chicopee on Thursday to give the community the opportunity to help save a life.
“Give a little bit of blood and you’ll help a lot of people,” said Brad Campbell, the chairman of the Board of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross.
One donor told 22News why giving blood is important to her.
“Well, I had a recent tragedy last year,” said Nicole Hernandez, who’s life was saved with a blood transfusion.
Giving blood at a blood drive takes about an hour, and about a pint of blood is collected.
“I have a rare form of blood, and it’s something I can do to help people,” said Richard Kresock, who donated blood on Thursday.
That rare form of blood is O-negative. The Red Cross is in need of all blood types, but the organization desperately needs this type O blood, both positive and negative.
“It’s a universal donation. so you can donate type O and it can be used in anyone.”
If you weren’t able to make it to the blood drive on Thursday, there are more opportunities to donate in western Massachusetts.