During this season of giving, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the gift of life to help ensure patients don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. Blood donations of all types are needed, especially type O.

Holiday travel and severe winter weather often lead to a decline in blood donations. However, a patient’s need for lifesaving treatment doesn’t take a vacation or stop for nasty weather. Blood is needed every day for those receiving treatment for cancer and leukemia, accident and burn victims and surgical patients, among others.

As a special thank you for being the lifeline for patients this holiday season, those who come out to give blood with the Red Cross Dec. 19-Jan. 5 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Elmore

1/6/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 311 E. Mondale St.

Wells

1/6/2020: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 145 W. Franklin

Fairmont

1/6/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 901 S. Prairie Ave.

Madelia

1/9/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 109 3rd St. SE

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