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Blood needs rise during holiday season

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed.

During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give blood and be the lifeline patients need. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets now through Dec. 18 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Thanks.)

Mount Ulla — 12/15: 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m., St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 11020 NC 801.

Salisbury

12/9: 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m., North Hills Christian School, 2970 West Innes St.

12/11: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

12/13: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Rowan County Library, 201 W. Fisher St.

12/16: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, 612 Mocksville Ave.

12/31: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., JF Hurley Family YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd.

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