January is National Blood Donor Month and the Delmarva Blood Bank is encouraging everyone to help out hospitals by donating blood.
Local hospitals require about 350 donors a day to supply their need of blood and blood products. Platelets are especially in high demand due to their short shelf life of five days.
Michael Waite, spokesperson for the Delmarva Blood Bank, says their blood supply tends to be low at this time of the year. This is because cold weather and illness prevent people from going to donation centers. Hospitals will also demand more blood due to increased traffic accidents that typically occur during the holiday season.