Red Cross urging you to give the gift of life this holiday season

The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donors to give now to help ensure blood remains available this holiday season for medical treatments and unforeseen emergencies.

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 11:21 AM
Updated: Dec 21, 2018 11:22 AM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donors to give now to help ensure blood remains available this holiday season for medical treatments and unforeseen emergencies.

A seasonal decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel.

Patients can't afford for there to be a shortage of blood.

Stop by the Utica Blood Donation Center on Commercial Drive in New Hartford.

They're open Monday & Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday and then Thursday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can also make an appointment to donate blood and platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-Red-Cross.

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