American-Red-Cross-Blood-Drive 2016During this season of giving, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the gift of life to help ensure patients don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter.Blood and platelet donations of all types are needed, especially type O.

Holiday travel and severe winter weather often lead to a decline in blood donations. Across the U.S., 37 blood drives have already been canceled since Dec. 1, resulting in more than 1,000 uncollected donations. However, a patient’s need for lifesaving treatment doesn’t take a vacation or stop for nasty weather. Blood and plateletsare needed every day for those receiving treatment for cancer and leukemia, accident and burn victims and surgical patients, among others.

As a special thank you for being the lifeline for patients this holiday season, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross Dec. 19-Jan. 5 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Marshall County include:

12/23/2019 from  2 p.m.  till 7 p.m., at the Matchett Center, 805 N Harris Street in Bourbon

12/26/2019: from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Michiana Behavioral Health, 1800 North Oak Road in Plymouth

12/30/2019: from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the Culver-Union Township Public Library, 107 N. Main Street in Culver

1/10/2020: from 12 p.m. till 6 p.m., at Jefferson Elementary School, at 401 Klinger Street in Plymouth

1/12/2020: from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Culver Academies – McMillen Athletic Center, 1300 Academy Road in Culver

1/15/2020: from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., at St. Isidore Hall, 803 W. Bike Street in Bremen.

To schedule an appointment to donate, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.