Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady.
On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Arvest Bank, 503 Main St. in Cassville
Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Monett Community Church, 2102 E. Cleveland in Monett
Dec. 1 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Southside Church of Christ, 801 W. South St. in Ozark
Dec. 15 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 420 W. Main in Branson
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.
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.