The organization says donations typically slow down in December, while the need for blood does not. Blood types O negative, A negative and B negative are especially needed.
From a press release:
The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give one last gift this holiday season and discover the true meaning of giving by donating blood.
Busy holiday schedules and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can often mean fewer donors giving blood. But for patients with cancer or other illnesses or injuries requiring blood transfusions, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t get a holiday break. The gift of a blood donation only takes about an hour and can give patients a chance to celebrate more holidays to come.
There are at least three opportunities to give blood in Arlington this month. Among them:
- Dec. 17 — Westover Branch Library (1644 N. McKinley Road) from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Dec. 18 — Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Avenue) from noon to 4:00 p.m.
- Dec. 20 — Arlington LDS Church (1600 N. Inglewood Street) from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.