During the season of giving, Red Cross urges blood donations

RIVERSIDE – December may be the season of giving – but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be tougher than usual. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood or platelets this holiday season. The need for blood doesn’t stop for holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million blood transfusions will be given in the United States. Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure hospital shelves remain stocked to meet patient blood needs. Make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting http://RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-733-2767
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