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American Red Cross expects decline in blood and platelet donations during holidays

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The American Red Cross typically sees a decline in donations during the winter holiday season.

Individuals can help the Red Cross and hospital patients this month by giving the gift of a blood or platelet donation. Each donation can help save up to three lives.

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“Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Geoff Kaufmann CEO, North Central Blood Services Region.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the Red Cross.

On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.

As a special thank you, all those who present to donate blood through

Friday, January 3 will receive a commemorative

long-sleeve T-shirt, while supplies last.

For more information or to make an appointment to give blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

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