Red Cross encourages adding ‘give blood’ to holiday checklist

Donors of all blood types urged to give in the coming weeks


(Dec. 19, 2016) — As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.


Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving. Donors with all blood types are needed now to help patients. As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give Dec. 22 through Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.


“Many of us celebrate this time of year with loved ones, but patients may spend the holidays and ring in the new year from a hospital room,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Blood and platelet donors can bring joy to patients and their families by giving blood or platelets to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving treatments they need.”


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

12/22/2016: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, 417 Third Ave. Albany
12/27/2016: 12 – 5 p.m., Porterfield Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road Albany
12/28/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Albany Mall, 2601 Dawson Road Albany
1/5/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Porterfield Methodist Church, 2200 Dawson Road Albany
1/6/2017: 1 – 6 p.m., True Vapor of Albany, 621 N. Westover Blvd., Ste. E Albany
1/10/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Albany Technical College, Building C, 1704 South Slappey Blvd. Albany
1/15/2017: 12 – 4 p.m., Greater Second Mt. Olive Recreational Center, 805 East Broad Ave. Albany
1/12/2017: 3 – 7 p.m., Omega Baptist Church, 219 Oak St. Omega
12/20/2016: 12 – 6 p.m., Tifton Methodist Church, 107 West 12th St. Tifton
12/23/2016: 2 – 6 p.m., Tifton Mall Find, 458 N. Virginia Ave. Tifton
12/27/2016: 1 – 5:30 p.m., Affinity, 2225 Highway 41 North Tifton
12/28/2016: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m., Tift Regional Medical Center, 901 East 18th St. Tifton
1/9/2017 3 – 7 p.m., Northside Baptist Church of Tifton, 4605 Murray Ave. Tifton


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.