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Give one last gift in 2015 by donating blood in Cedar Falls

11th Annual Cedar Falls Holiday Blood Drive to be held December 29

December 20, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

As 2015 comes to a close, the American Red Cross is asking Black Hawk County residents to give something that means something. Give hope to patients in need by donating blood Dec. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the 11th Annual Cedar Falls Holiday Blood Drive at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 8201 Dakota St., sponsored by KFMW Rock 108.

"Only when volunteer donors make time to help save a life can we be sure that blood is available for those in need," said Judi Faas, account manager for the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. "Giving blood to help others is a wonderful way to give something meaningful. Please close out this holiday season by making a blood donation."

A blood donation is a gift that doesn't cost a thing but can provide hope to hospital patients in need. Every day, the Red Cross must collect about 14,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers in Iowa and across the country. The need for blood remains constant during the holidays, however, busier schedules, travel and other seasonal activities often leave little time to donate. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply heading into 2016, and those with types O negative, A negative and B negative are especially encouraged to give.

All presenting donors will receive a long sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. There will also be a variety of refreshments from local vendors and each presenting donor will have a chance to win gift certificates. Make your appointment today.



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