Blood donations bring hope during the holidays

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The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on what makes them grateful. Family, friends and good health come to mind for many. However, countless patients strive for good health during the holidays, oftentimes in a hospital room, away from family and friends.

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood and bring hope to patients in need this holiday season. Holiday activities make it difficult for many regular donors to give blood during the holiday season, but patients still depend on lifesaving donations every day. All types are currently needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

As a token of thanks from the Red Cross, 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.

Make an appointment to give something that means something this holiday season, by downloading the Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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