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The American Red Cross urges donors to give blood or platelets in the coming weeks. This time of year is traditionally hard on the nation’s blood supply. Seasonal illness, winter weather and holiday celebrations often lead to lower appointment numbers and decreased donor turnout, making it hard to keep up with the demand for blood products. When they give now, donors can ensure patients have access to lifesaving blood and platelets through the end of the year.

The public can schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To celebrate the upcoming Prime Video release, Candy Cane Lane, those that come to give blood in December will be automatically entered to win a holiday prize package, including a $1,000 Amazon.com Gift Card and 65-inch Omni QLED Series Amazon Fire TV. There will be 12 winners. Plus, those who come to give Dec. 1-17 will get a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Terms for both offers apply. See rcblood.org/Amazon.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities are listed below.

Jefferson County
Dec. 18, Withers Broadcasting drive, from 1:30-5:30, in the Mount Vernon Housing Authority Community Building
Dec. 19, Belle Rive/Opdyke Community drive, from 1-5, in the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church outreach center
Dec. 21, Rolland Lewis Community Building drive, from 1-5, at Mount Vernon Monken Toyota (Goldie’s Gaming)
Dec. 29, Roadhouse Harley-Davidson drive, from 10-2, in the Roadhouse HD showroom/service area

Marion County
Dec. 13, Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School drive, from 11-4, in the Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School gym
Dec. 15, Centralia Elks Lodge drive, from 10-2, in the Centralia Elks Lodge banquet hall
Dec. 19, Kinmundy Community drive, from 12-5, in the Kinmundy Community Center
Dec. 20, Raccoon Elementary School drive, from 2-6, in the Raccoon Elementary School gym
Dec. 20, Salem Community drive, from 12-5, in the Salem Community Activities Center
Dec. 21, Centralia VFW (in honor of Eric Miranda) drive, from 2-6, in the Centralia VFW hall
Dec. 27, Salem Communities Activities Center Critical Collection drive, from 1-5, in the Salem Community Activities Center
Dec. 28, City Hope Church drive, from 12-4, in the City Hope Church foyer/cafe



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