January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. In a letter to the American Association of Blood Banks and America's Blood Centers, President Bush wrote, "I commend those who already give the gift of life through blood donation and urge other citizens who are in good health to also donate blood regularly. This caring and generous act saves lives, helps ensure the well-being of people of all ages and provides individuals with a unique opportunity to make a lasting difference in their communities and our society."
I would like to echo the president's sentiments and extend my heartfelt thanks to the thousands of Imperial Valley residents who so generously give blood. There is no substitute for human blood. It is because of this dedicated group of people, who take the time out of their busy schedules to give blood, that our hospitals and all Imperial Valley residents can be assured that blood will be there when patients in our community need it. We are extremely lucky to have these people living here in the Imperial Valley.