Give blood with the American Red Cross before the holiday season and help save lives

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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help stock the shelves before the busy holiday season.

Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because of holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. Therefore, more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help ensure the blood supply is sufficient through the winter months.

For blood donor Katie Osorio, giving a little bit of time is worth it because she’s giving someone a chance at life. “Someone’s mother, brother, sister, father or the love of someone’s life has been given back to their loved ones all because I gave something that I could. It takes so little from me and gives a world back to another.”

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.

In the neighborhood during Wild West Days:

11/3/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Desert Foothills Family YMCA, 34250 N 60th St, Building C

11/6/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road