Red Cross expects decline in blood and platelet donations

This holiday season, the American Red Cross is encouraging vital winter blood donations during the Give Something that Means Something campaign. Now through Jan. 6, 2014, donors are encouraged to give the most important gift of all – the gift of life.

With holiday plans, travel, festivities and more, it’s not always easy for donors to make time to give blood. That’s why the Red Cross typically sees a decline in blood donations around the holidays.

Help make a difference this season and help spread the word about the Give Something that Means Something campaign.

How to donate blood 

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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