Red Cross: 'The need for blood doesn't take a break for the holidays'

Red Cross: Holiday Season blood donations low

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WVEC) -- The American Red Cross is urging people to give the gift of life this holiday season, by donating blood.

The Red Cross experiences a decline in blood donations every year around holiday season due to the fact that most people have hectic schedules and are traveling. This makes it more difficult for regular donors to give, and many businesses and organizations are forced to postpone hosting blood drives. 

The need for blood donations is constant, especially during the holiday season. 

"While many of us gather with friends and family this time of year, patients may spend the holidays in a hospital room," said Bernadette Jay, the external communication manager of the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region. "The need for blood doesn't take a break for the holidays. Please make an appointment to give the most meaningful gift of all - the gift of life through a blood or platelet donation." 

Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

If you are interested in donating blood, here is a list of upcoming blood drives and other blood donation opportunities:

North Carolina:

Northampton-

Henrico

  • 12/21/2016: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Lake Gaston Lions Club, 139 Stanley Road

Pasquotank-

Elizabeth City

  • 12/19/2016: 3:15 p.m. - 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church Elizabeth, 201 S. Road Street

Perquimans-

Belvidere

  • 12/29/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Belvidere-Chappell Hill Fire Department, 143 Drinking Hole Road

Surry

Elkin

  • 12/19/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elkin Rescue Squad, 946 North Bridge Street
     
  • 12/23/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, 180 Parkwood Drive
     
  • 12/23/2016: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Lowe's Home Improvement, 429 CC Camp Road

Mount Airy

  • 12/22/2016: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Haymore Baptist Church, 319 Rockford Street
     
  • 12/23/2016: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Chick-fil-A Mount Airy, 2007 Rockford Street
     
  • 12/24/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Mayberry Mall Mount Airy, 80 A-3 Mall Office, Andy Griffith Parkway

Pilot Mountain

  • 12/20/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mt Pilot Drug, 119 West Main Street

State Road

  • 12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1432 Highway 21

Virginia:

Chesapeake-

  • 12/17/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
     
  • 12/19/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., South Norfolk Baptist Church, 1101 Chesapeake Ave
     
  • 12/20/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
     
  • 12/21/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 S Battlefield Boulevard
     
  • 12/21/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Chesapeake Square Mall, 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard
     
  • 12/21/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
     
  • 12/22/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Chesapeake Square Mall, 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard
     
  • 12/22/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
     
  • 12/23/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Chesapeake Square Mall, 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard
     
  • 12/23/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
     
  • 12/24/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
     
  • 12/24/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Chesapeake Square Mall, 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard
     
  • 12/26/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
     
  • 12/26/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Chesapeake Square Mall, 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard
     
  • 12/28/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., YMCA, 1033 Greenbrier Parkway

Franklin-

Rocky Mount

  • 12/21/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Franklin County Family YMCA, 235 Technology Drive

Gloucester-

  • 12/22/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Gloucester County Moose Lodge, 6565 Moose Drive

Hampton-

  • 12/27/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, 1972 Power Plant Parkway
     
  • 12/28/2016: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hampton Moose Lodge, 207 E. Mercury Boulevard
     
  • 12/28/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hampton Roads Chapter RSMO, 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue

Isle of Wight-

  • 12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Windsor Ruritan Club, 14 Community Drive
     
  • 12/29/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kuerig Green Mountain Coffee, 25400 Old Mill Road

James City County-

  • 12/16/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 100 Sentara Circle
     
  • 12/18/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Bruster's Old Fashion Ice Cream and Yogurt, 5289 John Tyler Highway
     
  • 12/23/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue
     
  • 12/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue

Newport News-

  • 12/16/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Riverside Regional Medical Center, 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd
     
  • 12/16/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 5480, 12742 Nettles Drive
     
  • 12/17/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
     
  • 12/20/2016: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
     
  • 12/20/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
     
  • 12/21/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
     
  • 12/22/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
     
  • 12/22/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Village Green Clubhouse, 713 Village Green Parkways
     
  • 12/23/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
     
  • 12/24/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
     
  • 12/26/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
     
  • 12/27/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Temple Baptist, 235 Harpersville Road
     
  • 12/29/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tech House Auto and Cycle Repair, 15197 Warwick Blvd.

Norfolk-

 

  • 12/16/2016: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sentara Leigh Hospital, 830 Kempsville Road
     
  • 12/18/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Avenue
     
  • 12/19/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue
     
  • 12/20/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Slover Library, 235 W Plume Street
     
  • 12/26/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

Northampton-

  • 12/21/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Shore Memorial, 9507 Hospital Avenue

Poquoson-

  • 12/16/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Emmaus Baptist Church, 814 Yorktown Road

Portsmouth-

  • 12/23/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Maryview Medical Center, 3636 High Street

Suffolk-

  • 12/16/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mike Duman Auto Sales, 2300 Godwin Boulevard
     
  • 12/19/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Walgreens, 3633 Bridge Road
     
  • 12/20/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Zaxby's, 6120 College Drive

Virginia Beach-

  • 12/17/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
     
  • 12/19/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Masons Lynnhaven Lodge 56th District, 2959 North Lynnhaven Road
     
  • 12/20/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
     
  • 12/21/2016: 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., VA Beach Sheriffs Office Building 7, 2501 James Madison Boulevard
     
  • 12/21/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard
     
  • 12/21/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Emerald Point Apartments, 2100 Westminster Lane
     
  • 12/22/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard
     
  • 12/23/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard
     
  • 12/24/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 13 News Jingle Bell - Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard
     
  • 12/26/2016: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Best Buy, 3334 Princess Anne Road
     
  • 12/27/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Outback Steakhouse 4750 Bloodmobile, Outback Steakhouse Hilltop Plaza, 1757 Laskin Rd
     
  • 12/29/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, 717 General Booth Blvd.
     
  • 12/30/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Walgreens Nimmo Parkway, 1101 Nimmo Parkway
     
  • 12/31/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

Yorktown-

  • 12/31/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Harley Davidson, 6450 George Washington Memorial Highway
     
  • 12/26/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Walgreens, Yorktown, 2400 George Washington Hwy.


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