The American Red Cross urges people to donate blood or platelets for patients in need this holiday season.
Upcoming blood drives in Fulton County include: Monday, Nov. 12, noon-6 p.m., Swanton Alliance Church Epic Center, 124. N. Main St.; Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1-6 p.m., American Legion #265, 1105 N. Shoop Ave., Wauseon; Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Fayette Church of the Nazarene, 511 S. Fayette St.; Tuesday, Nov. 27, 3:30-8:30 p.m., Delta Elementary School, 419 Fernwood St.
A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop.
The Red Cross is thanking those who carve out time to give Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.
Organizations can also host a blood drive by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.