Published: Tue, December 20, 2016
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

American Red Cross in desperate need of blood for winter

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving.

"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.

Cancer patients are at the greatest risk of a "worrying drop" in blood donor numbers over the festive season as millions of Australians use their spare time for Christmas shopping.

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Continental - A local Senior will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on January 8th from 1pm-6pm at Free Christian Church of God.

Another challenge is that with the ageing population, younger donors will have to come forward to ensure that the country has a sustainable blood supply.

Blood donors must be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in generally good health, show a photo ID and meet additional requirements.

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