American Red Cross needs more winter blood drives

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The American Red Cross is calling for groups and businesses to host blood drives during the months of December, January and February.

The Red Cross needs about 6,500 additional groups across the country to host blood drives during the winter months, when there is often a decrease in the number of blood drives, according to a release.

“When someone hosts a blood drive, they give donors a chance to donate lifesaving blood, in turn helping to save dozens or even hundreds of lives,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president of Biomedial Services. “Blood shortages are not uncommon during the winter months, and these shortages could cause delays in patient care.”

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Blood drive partners who host a drive between December 20 and January 6 will receive long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirts for all who give, and if the partner achieves its donation goal, it will be recognized in a national newspaper highlighting its lifesaving work.