Give Blood Over the Holidays

Red Cross says donations typically slow

Because donations typically decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood over the holidays.

Local drives will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Poughkeepsie Galleria and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, at the Dutchess Junction Fire District station, 75 Slocum Road, Beacon.

Donors with all blood types are needed, but especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB. Everyone who comes to donate between Nov. 25 and 29 will receive a Red Cross mixing spoon and celebrity chef recipe set, while supplies last.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with the consent of a parent or guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

To make an appointment, download the Blood Donor App, visit or call 800-733-2767.

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