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Blood drive is Dec. 12

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By The Staff

As the days get shorter and the to-do list gets longer, the American Red Cross asks eligible individuals to add one more item to that list - donate blood. By adding this one item to your list, you could save up to three lives this holiday season.

An upcoming blood drive is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart Supercenter.

With the holidays, travel plans and inclement weather in some parts of the country, your local Red Cross experiences as much as a 5 percent drop in blood donations during the holiday season. It is important that eligible individuals take the time to make an appointment to donate blood now.

"Giving blood only takes about an hour. Taking the time to donate can give you a chance to rest and recharge in the Red Cross refreshment area before heading off to tackle the rest of the items on your to-do list," said Dr. Yenshen Hsueh, CEO of the American Red Cross Blood Services River Valley Region. "It's important that people take the time to donate blood this holiday season to help ensure a stable blood supply."

Recipients of blood products are not able to take a holiday from needing lifesaving blood. They are in constant need of a healthy blood supply.

Call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givebloodlife.org to make an appointment to donate or ask 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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.