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Add ‘give blood’ to holiday checklist

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As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grips much of the nation, the American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate blood and platelets this winter.

Millions of people are expected to travel this holiday season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to shortages. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can also temporarily prevent some from donating blood during this time of year, officials said.

Donors of all blood types are needed to help patients.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities are below:

Bay County 

1/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., McLaren Bay Region, 1900 Columbus Avenue in Bay City

Gratiot County 

12/27/2016: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Bannister ZCBJ Hall, 401 E. Main St

1/3/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Ithaca Community Center, 120 N. Maple

1/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Alma Public Library, 351 N. Court Avenue

Midland County

12/23/2016: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Centre Lodge #273, 148 E. Main Street, Suite 300 in Midland

Saginaw County

1/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Garber Management Group, 999 S. Washington Ave.
1/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Mobile Medical Response, 834 S. Washington Ave

For more information on how you can donate blood, click here

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