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Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

                                 Be part of something meaningful by giving blood

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules. This creates a greater need for blood donations this time of year, especially around the winter holidays.

Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Kankakee County, Illinois
Bourbonnais
12/24/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.
12/31/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.

Manteno
12/30/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N. Locust St.

Momence
12/28/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine

Livingston County, Illinois
Cullom
12/28/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church

Dwight
12/28/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dwight Fire Department, 111 S. Prairie Ave.

Fairbury
12/23/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple St.

Pontiac
12/23/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., VFW, 531 Lincoln Ave.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

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