The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give during the holiday season ese same reasons. This can lead to a decline in blood donations, but the need is constant.
“While many of us gather with friends and family this time of year, patients may spend the holidays in a hospital room. The need for blood doesn’t take a break for the holidays,” said Christy Peters, external communications manager, of the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region.
To encourage donations around Thanksgiving, those who come to give blood or platelets from Nov. 24-28 will be emailed a set of recipes from celebrity chef partners Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Richard Blais, David Burke, Mike Isabella, and Ellie Krieger.
Blood donors with type O, B-negative and A-negative blood can help more patients with one appointment by making a Power Red donation at select Red Cross blood donation centers and blood drives. During a Power Red donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and plasma and platelets are then safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
The following are dates and locations for Fulton County blood drives:
Monday, Dec. 5, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., North Star Bluescope Steel, 67567 County Road 9; Thursday, Dec. 8, 3:30-8:30 p.m., Delta Elementary School, 419 Fernwood St.; Friday, Dec. 9, 6 a.m.-noon, Fulton County Health Center, 725 S. Shoop Ave., Wauseon.