Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? In fact, according to the American Red Cross, more than 41,000 blood donations are needed each day. Unfortunately with winter weather and seasonal illnesses like the flu now in full gear, it can be difficult for the Red Cross to obtain enough blood donations to meet its patients’ needs. Help save a life this January by joining the American Red Cross and CTEH in celebrating National Blood Donor Month.

In order to donate, individuals must be 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Before any donation is made, individuals must also undergo a mini-physical that includes a check of the donors’ temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin. Check out the American Red Cross’ full donor eligibility requirements here.

Individuals can donate blood every 56 days and platelets every seven days—or up to 24 times a year. Since platelets must be transfused within five days, the Red Cross must maintain a constant supply in order to meet the needs of cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up to donate blood or platelets today at redcrossblood.org.