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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than one million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed.

How blood donation impacts lives

On Sept. 28, 2018, MaKenzie Schienebeck experienced a complication during her pregnancy and found herself losing blood extremely fast. She was in and out of consciousness and felt her life slipping away. Schienebeck was given blood transfusions on the way to the hospital, during emergency surgery and after surgery. “I would not be alive today if it was not for the American Red Cross and the gracious donors who gave their blood,” said Schienebeck. “Blood is more than just blood. It’s the key to saving lives.”

During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give blood and be the lifeline patients need. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood now through Dec. 18 will receive a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 2-31:

Custer County

 Ansley:  12/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ansley Auditorium, 720 Douglas

 Broken Bow:  12/11/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Elk's Lodge, 825 S. 10th

 Callaway:  12/12/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Community Center, 202 West Kimball

 Merna:  12/18/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Community Center, 428 East Center


 Garfield County

 Burwell:  12/17/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart, 727 I St.


 Holt County

 ONeill:  12/16/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 410 West Douglas Street


 Howard County

 Saint Paul:  12/20/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Howard County Medical Center, 1113 Sherman St. and 12/23/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St Paul Civic Center, 423 Howard Ave



 Litchfield:  12/3/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Winters Building, 204 N. Main


 Thomas County

 Thedford:  12/9/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Thedford High School, 304 Maple Street


 Valley County

 North Loup:  12/20/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., North Loup Community Center, 112 S B Street

How to donate blood

Simply download the American 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 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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