Jay Zises of New York City, New York, is the chairman of A Cap Inc. as well as a co-founder of Esquire Bank. A contributor to various charities, Jay Zises is one of many individuals who donate blood to the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross has named January National Blood Donor Month since 1970, as an encouragement for blood donors in the winter. As an effect of the holiday season, the Red Cross often receives insufficient donations during the months November and December; in 2015, 1,700 fewer blood drives were held during these months in comparison to September and October, resulting in 50,000 fewer donations.
On January 11, 2016, the Red Cross expressed an urgent need for blood and platelet donations at the time, due to low donation rates over the winter holidays. Their need still continues into the month of February, and the charity relies on blood and platelet donations throughout the remainder of the year as well. To donate blood, an individual must be at least 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. Donors under 18 must meet certain height requirements as well. The Red Cross now offers a RapidPass system online to complete the paperwork required to donate blood, located at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.