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Red Cross kicks off holiday blood drive initiative

Dec. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Red Cross kicked off its holiday blood drive initiative Wednesday with donation events at the American Red Cross in Huntington and Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, Ky.

"Hospital patients don't get a holiday from needing blood," said Cheryl Gergely, communications manager for the American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. "The closer we get to the major holiday week, the more we see donations decline. People are busy with gift shopping, holiday parties and there is an overall sense of distraction. We need donors to come in and give before they get too busy with other things."

On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, according to a press release.

Other upcoming area blood drives include:

Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, American Legion, Route 3 and Route 34, Hamlin, W.Va.

8 a.m. to noon Thursday Dec. 26, Tri-County YMCA, 200 Carl's Lane, Scott Depot, W.Va.

Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, HIMG Regional Medical Center, 5170 U.S. Rt. 60 East, Huntington

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, CAMC Teays Valley, 1400 Hospital Drive, Hurricane, W.Va.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Blvd., Huntington

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, American Red Cross, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Huntington

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuedsay, Dec. 31, All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th St., Portsmouth, Ohio

2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, First Baptist Church, 2635 Main St., Hurricane, W.Va.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, House-Hasson Hardware Co./Persinger Division, Old Route 52, Prichard, W.Va.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, Central Fire Station, 1021 Carter Ave., Ashland

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. All blood types are needed. Donors are required to present a blood donor's card or driver's license or two other forms of identification at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate.

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