The need for blood doesn’t stop for the holidays

Published 6:16 am Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than one million units of blood could be transfused in the United States.

Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed.

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During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give blood and be the lifeline patients need. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets now through Dec. 18 will receive a $5 gift card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Restrictions apply; see

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

  • Dec. 6: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Austin YMCA
  • Dec. 9: 1-6 p.m. at City Center in Blooming Prairie
  • Dec. 16: Noon to 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Austin
  • Dec. 23: Noon to 6 p.m. at the Austin Holiday Inn

More information and details are available at