Need For Blood Doesn’t Stop For Holidays – Donors Needed

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a life-saving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed.

During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give blood and be the lifeline patients need. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood now through Dec. 18 will receive a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 2-31:

12/31/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ansley Auditorium, 720 DouglasBroken Bow
12/11/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Elk’s Lodge, 825 S. 10th

12/12/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Community Center, 202 West Kimball

12/18/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 428 East Center

12/17/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart, 727 I St.

12/16/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 410 West Douglas Street

Saint Paul
12/20/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Howard County Medical Center, 1113 Sherman St.
12/23/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., St Paul Civic Center, 423 Howard Ave

12/3/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Winters Building, 204 N. Main

12/9/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Thedford High School, 304 Maple Street

North Loup
12/20/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., North Loup Community Center, 112 S B StreetHow to donate bloodSimply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. 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 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.

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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.