Red Cross seeks Christmastime blood donations

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The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Donations decline in December, but patients’ needs remain steady.

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 old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities from Dec. 16-31 include:


Dec. 18 — 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Starbucks, 3401 Raleigh Road Parkway W.

Dec. 18 —: 3:15-6:15 p.m., Best Buy, 3401 Raleigh Road Parkway W.

Dec. 19 — 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., James B. Hunt High School, 4559 Lamm Road

Dec. 24 — 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bill Ellis Convention Center, 3007 Downing St. SW

Dec. 28 — Noon to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Wilson, 311 Nash St. NW


Dec. 15 — 9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, 111 Hospital Drive


Dec. 26 — 3-7 p.m., Sandy Cross United Methodist Church, 3725 Sandy Cross Road

Dec. 30 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nashville Fire Department, 501 S. Barnes St.

Spring Hope

Dec. 27 — 2:30-6:30 p.m., Spring Hope Volunteer Fire Department, 415 W. Nash St.