Cape Cod Healthcare to hold a dozen blood drives in January

First month of the year is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

In response to an ever present need, Cape Cod Healthcare will hold twelve blood drives in January, National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. According to a release from Cape Cod Healthcare, January is an especially challenging month when it comes to blood donations.

Several factors including illness and inclement weather can keep donors from giving.

Blood stores for both Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital are critical, according to Constance Patten, director of the Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Center. "Every pint of blood donated to the blood center remains right here on Cape Cod to serve donors' family, friends and neighbors," Patten said.

Maintaining a fresh, constant supply of blood for surgeries is challenging all year, but especially in January. According to the CCH website, one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Mid Cape blood drives will be held on the following days:

• Jan 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Shepley Wood Products, 216 Thornton Drive, Hyannis.
• Jan 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 769 Route 28, South Yarmouth.
• Jan 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sencorp White, 400 Kidds Hill Road, Hyannis.
• Jan 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beacon Hospice, 68 Center Street, Unit 19, Hyannis.
• Jan 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cape Cod Hospital, Lorusso Board Room, 27 Park Street, Hyannis.
• Jan 22, 12 noon to 6 p.m., Bass River Rod & Gun Club, 620 Route 6A, Yarmouthport.
• Jan 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Elks Lodge, 852 Bearses Way, Hyannis.
• Jan 24, 12 noon to 5 p.m., Southport on Cape Cod, Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee.
• Jan 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barnstable Police Department, 1200 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis.
• Jan 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Falmouth Hospital, 100 Ter Heun Drive, Faxon 1&2, Falmouth.
• Jan 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sturgis West High School, 125 West Main Street, Hyannis.
• Jan 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mass Military Reservation Fire Department, Building 3132, 3132 Richardson Road, Otis ANGB.

For more information about Cape Cod Healthcare, visit their site here. For more information about Blood Donor Services, click here or call 508-86BLOOD. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on