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Blood Donors Giving the Gift of Life this Holiday Season

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Blood donation saves lives. I don't know who is benefiting from my blood, but I know someone is.

Blood donors have been rolling up their sleeves at American Red Cross blood drives across the North Jersey Region to give the lifesaving gift of blood this holiday season. 

On Tuesday, December 9, the Red Cross North Jersey Region invited volunteers and employees to donate blood at the region’s two blood donor centers

Donors included Bob Morgan, board member with the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey. Morgan began donating blood when he was seventeen and his great-grandfather needed a transfusion for surgery. Decades later, Morgan continues to be a dedicated blood donor, now donating platelets since it’s something he can do more frequently.

“There’s no substitute for blood donation and it truly saves lives,” said Morgan. “I don't know who is benefiting from my blood, but I know someone is. Donating blood is an easy way that everyone can help others. It's volunteer work you can do lying down!”

Festive events and travel can make collecting blood challenging during the holiday season, however patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood. The Red Cross is encouraging individuals to give hope to patients in need by donating blood. 

“More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “We are grateful for those who have chosen to give with meaning and generously donate blood to patients in need.”  

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE - Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days – up to 24 times a year. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in most states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Donors can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, which is free and available for download now. It can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.

GIVE SOMETHING THAT MEANS SOMETHING - During this holiday season, the American Red Cross asks everyone to remember those who depend on the Red Cross for help and give something that means something.

Nearly every second of every day, someone is assisted by the Red Cross – a victim of disaster here at home or around the world, a hospital patient who needs blood, a member of the Armed Forces and so many others.

This year, why not give something that means something by visiting the Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog and selecting a symbolic gift from the catalog for someone on your list. The gift is tax-deductible and will support Red Cross programs like Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Blood Services and International Services. The catalog gifts are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item.