January is National Blood Donor Month, and CEOs from around the Capital Region are stepping up to do their part to help the American Red Cross battle the blood shortage and encourage people to donate.

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The nation has a concern for the rising shortage of blood donations that could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood and platelet transfusions. In the shortest supply, donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate with the need right now for Type 0.

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The CEOs from various companies from around the Capital Region participate in the friendly competition to encourage the most significant number of donors. For example, a running tally will be shared on the Red Cross of Eastern New York social media platforms, and the winner announced in March as part of Red Cross Month.

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Six drives will be held every other Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross located at 33 Everett Road, Albany.

The America Red Cross divides its mission into five different lines of service: lifesaving blood, disaster relief, health and safety, international services, and youth preparedness. The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers to help with any other events. If you are interested and have time to volunteer, you can contact the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York.

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