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 and platelet donations of all types are needed, especially type O.

Holiday travel and severe winter weather often lead to a decline in blood donations. Across the U.S., 37 blood drives have already been canceled since Dec. 1, resulting in more than 1,000 uncollected donations. However, a patient’s need for lifesaving treatment doesn’t take a vacation or stop for nasty weather. Blood and platelets are 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 or platelets 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:

Guernsey County

Cambridge

12/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

12/31/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

1/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cambridge Chiropractic, 927 Wheeling Avenue Suite 201

1/3/2020: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Guernsey County Crossroads Branch Library, 63500 Byesville Road

1/9/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hampton Inn Cambridge, 8775 Georgetown Road

1/13/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cardinal Place Cambridge, 163 Meadow Park Drive

Coshocton County

Coshocton

12/26/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

1/7/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., RHDD, 1517 Chestnut Street

1/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

Fresno

12/18/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

Warsaw

1/14/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., River View High School, 26496 St. Rt. 60 North

Cumberland

12/23/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

Madison County

London

12/26/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Trinity Hall, 8530 Lilly-Chapel, Georgesville Rd SE

12/27/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Church, 61 S. Union Street

Plain City

12/21/2019: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

1/9/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Haven Fellowship Church, 7730 Converse-Huff Road

W Jefferson

12/20/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Krazy Glue Co., 1450 West Main St.

Muskingum County

Adamsville

12/23/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

Dresden

12/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dresden UMC, 1014 Main Street

Duncan Falls

1/4/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, 4509 Salt Creek Drive

New Concord

1/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Concord Church of Christ, 13333 Maple Lane

Norwich

12/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., East 40 Church of Christ, 7522 E. Pike

Zanesville

12/26/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Secrest Auditorium, 334 Shinnick Street

12/28/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

12/30/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

12/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

1/3/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

1/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

1/6/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Richard Hixon Law Building, 22 N. 5th St

1/9/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Genesis Hospital, 2950 Maple Ave

1/13/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road.

 

Tuscarawas County

Newcomerstown

12/18/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American 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 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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-forprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.