Put donating blood on your ‘to do’ list

— The holiday season doesn’t slow the need for blood.

This month, American Red Cross is reminding potential donors that while they are celebrating the holidays, patients in hospitals are still relying on blood products.

Donations tend to decline during December, especially around the holidays.

“You can help by sharing the upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area,” American Red Cross spokeswoman Natividad Lewis said.

Locally, blood drives will be from 1-6 p.m. Dec. 29 at United Methodist Church 905 Edison, Sunnyside.

In Grandview, the blood drive will be from 1-6 p.m. at Community Center, 812 Wallace Way.

Lewis said donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.

To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to give blood, call 1-800-733-2767.



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