ST. LOUIS — The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season.
Blood donations often decline during the holidays when donors get busy with travel and family gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
As extra encouragement to donate blood during the busiest time of November for many people, presenting blood donors from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross potholder stuffed with unique celebrity chef recipes, while supplies last. Thanksgiving recipes are courtesy of Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli and Mike Isabella.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 24, Knights of Columbus 460, 405 E. Fourth St
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 26, Lifehouse Community Church, 3825 Seminary St.
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Bethalto Senior Citizens Center, 100 E. Central St.
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2, J5 CrossFit, 9500 Collinsville Road, Suite C
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21, Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 24, Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave.
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Hamel Community Building, 10 Park Ave.
For information, visit www.redcross.org or @RedCross on Twitter.