Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of blood this holiday season

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

Barbara Coger will never forget the donors that gave the blood that her husband received during the holidays. “I have been donating blood for some time, but really started encouraging others to do so after my husband received a donation on Christmas Eve,” she said. “He had not been doing well and would not survive much longer, but with that extra boost, he was able to share a big smile with me on Christmas morning, something I will always cherish.”

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, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

December 16: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center located at 1101 Washington St. Huntsville

December 17: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 17: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church located at 1055 Hughes Road in Madison.

December 19: 12 – 6 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 20: 12 – 6 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 22: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 22: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Walgreens located at 3997 University Drive NW in Huntsville

December 23: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 24: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 26: 12 – 6 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 27: 1 – 6 p.m. at the Rogersville Fire Department located at 36 Wheeler St. in Rogersville

December 27: 12 – 4 p.m. at the North Broad Street Church of Christ located at 308 North Broad St. in Albertville

December 28: 1 – 6 p.m. at the Riddle’s Chapel United Methodist Church located at 11309 Ripley Road in Athens

December 29: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 30: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lauderdale Christian Nursing Home located at 2019 County Road 394 in Killen

December 30: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

December 31: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Madison County Blood Donation Center

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.