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Blood donations needed for busy holiday season

Published: October 27, 2016 10:27 PM

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help stock the shelves before the busy holiday season.

Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day because of holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. Therefore, more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help ensure the blood supply is sufficient through the winter months.

For blood donor Katie Osorio, giving a little bit of time is worth it because she's giving someone a chance at life. "Someone's mother, brother, sister, father or the love of someone's life has been given back to their loved ones all because I gave something that I could. It takes so little from me and gives a world back to another."

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating. 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.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Akron

Nov. 1-3: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Nov. 4-7: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Nov. 4: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Sebastians Catholic Church, 500 Mull Avenue

Nov. 5: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

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Nov. 8-9: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Nov. 8: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Canal Place, 520 S. Main St., Suite 2451B

Nov. 10: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Nov. 10: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Akron Children's Hospital, 215 W. Bowery St.

Nov. 10: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 Bath Road

Nov. 11-14: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Nov. 15: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., University of Akron Rec & Wellness Center, 382 Carroll St.

Nov. 15: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Cuyahoga Falls

Nov. 14: noon - 5 p.m., Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St.

Macedonia

Nov. 10: 1 - 7 p.m., Macedonia Family Recreation Center, 1494 East Aurora Road

Stow

Nov. 8: 1 - 7 p.m., Holy Family Parish, 3450 Sycamore Drive

Twinsburg

Nov. 8: 2 - 7 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10285 Ravenna Road


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