RACHEL GRABER AKPOTU

Staff Writer

PRINCETON—The American Red Cross is encouraging Gibson Co. residents to donate blood before the holiday season kicks off.

Blood donations sites will be set up at Gibson General Hospital on October 23 from noon to 4 p.m. as well as at the Knights of Columbus in Princeton on Nov. 16 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Red Cross media coordinator Natividad Lewis said it is important to donate this time of year because of the volume of people that can be affected by a blood shortage.

“A lot of people go on vacation or travel this time of year, but I like to remind people that so many patients who rely on that blood do not get a vacation,” Lewis said.

She said blood donations usually decline from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, when holiday activities pull people away from donation appointments.

In order to avoid the seasonal decline, the Red Cross is asking that people donate in the weeks leading up to the winter months.

All blood types are needed, particularly type A negative, Negative, O negative and AB blood.

Lewis said donations are essential and life saving.

“Another reason we want people to donate during this time is due to weather,” she said.

“Winter weather can be very unpredictable and we want to be sure facilities are prepared. If there is a crisis we want the shelves to be full and we want to always be prepared.”

The American Red Cross is an organization that assists communities in times of disaster with medical services and educational programs.

For more information visit http://www.redcross.org.

—email rachel@pdclarion.com

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