Give thanks for good health by donating blood this holiday season

Nov 22, 2017

The American Red Cross encourages people to donate blood for patients in need.

Mike Healey’s son was born prematurely, weighing three pounds, and immediately needed blood.

“I gave blood the next day and have done it 56 times since then,” he said. Though Healey’s son spent his first 49 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit, he has thrived and is now a healthy, 10-year-old little league baseball player. “I will never forget whoever selflessly gave blood for my son.”

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities



11/28/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Everett Public School District Office, 3900 Broadway

11/29/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Providence Regional Medical Office Bldg, 1330 Rockefeller Ave.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device.

To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.


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