Holiday travel and severe winter weather often lead to a decline in blood donations. However, a patient’s need for lifesaving treatment doesn’t take a vacation and there is no snow day.
Blood and platelets are needed every day for those receiving treatment for cancer and leukemia, accident and burn victims and surgical patients. The Red Cross is encouraging everyone to give blood or platelets this holiday season. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. In order to give you will need a drivers license, a blood donor card or two other forms of identification. You will need to be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and in general good health. Among the most recent blood drives in the area is an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Lowes in St Robert on Friday December 20th from 11 to 3, at 120 Carson Boulevard. For additional blood donation locations go online to RedCross.org.