ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 2, 2013) — The holiday season is here, and with it comes the exchange of gifts among family and friends. For many hospital patients, one gift on their wish list can’t be found at stores: a blood donation.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give what could be the most meaningful gift of the season to someone. Appointments can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
• Dec. 18 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Odeon Hall, 110 S. Main St. in Belview, Minn.
• Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wabasso High School, 1333 May St. in Wabasso, Minn.
• Dec. 26 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church, 510 Third St. West in Morgan, Minn.
• Dec. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at American Legion, 106 First Ave. West in Lamberton, Minn.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.