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This November the American Red Cross is encouraging people to spread cheer to patients with a blood or platelet donation.

Donations are critical to the blood supply as the holiday season draws near — a time when blood donations often decline. Donors of all blood types are urged to give, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the film “Elf,” and create holiday cheer, all who come to give Nov. 10-30 will receive an exclusive pair of “Elf” + Red Cross socks, while supplies last. For more details, visit RedCrossBlood.org/Elf.

It feels good to give a gift to someone else that truly means something. Those wishing to help patients receive lifesaving transfusions can book a blood or platelet donation appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities are listed below.

Clinton County
Nov. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Legion Hall, 575 North Main Street, Breese.

Marion County
Nov. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Community Building Salem, 416 Oglesby, Salem.
Nov. 30, 12-5, Centralia American Legion Hall, 117 South Poplar, Hwy 51, Centralia.

Franklin County
Nov. 22, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion, 311 S Main, Benton.

Jefferson County
Nov. 27, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Rolland Lewis Community Building, South 27th Street, Mount Vernon.
Nov. 30, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church, 4212 Broadway, Mount Vernon.

Washington County
Nov. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church School House, 15538 IL-127, Nashville.
Nov. 29, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ashley Community Building, 660 East Main Street, Ashley.

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.



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