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

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

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." 

Celebrity chefs have partnered up with the Red Cross in hopes of encouraging people to donate. Anyone who gives blood around Thanksgiving will receive a set of recipes from those celebrity chefs, including:

  • Mario Batali
  • Rick Bayless
  • Richard Blais
  • David Burke
  • Mike Isabella
  • Ellie Krieger

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

North Carolina:

Currituck:

  • Currituck Co. Governmental Complex - Dec. 7, (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 2801 Caratoke Hwy.

Chowan:

  • Edenton Baptist Church - Dec. 13, (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 200 S. Granville St. 

Dare:

  • Kitty Hawk, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church - Dec. 7 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 301 W. Kitty Hawk Rd. 
  • Manteo, Dare Co. Center (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 950 Marshall C. Collins Dr. 

Franklin:

  • Franklinton, Franklinton High School - Dec. 1 (11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 910 Cedar Creek Rd. 
  • Louisburg, Maple Springs Baptist Church - Dec. 11 (10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) 1938 NC 56 Hwy. E
  • Youngsville, Youngsville Masonic Lodge #377 - Dec. 4 (11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 110 W. Main St. 

Hertford:

  • Ahoskie, Ahoskie United Methodist Church - Dec. 14 (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 212 W. Church St. 

Norhampton:

  • Conway, Northampton Co. High School - Dec. 7 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 750 NCHC E. Rd. 
  • Jackson, Northampton Co. Cultural and Wellness Center - Dec. 10 (2 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 9536 NC Hwy. 305
  • Pendelton, Roberts' Chapel Baptist Church - Dec. 12 (3 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 100 Britton Rd.

Elizabeth City:

  • 2WD Thanks 4 Giving / Southgate Mall - Nov. 25 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Southgate Mall, 1409 W. Ehringhaus St. 
  • Northeastern High School - Nov. 29 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 963 Oak Stump Rd.
  • Lowe's - Nov. 30 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 1605 Ehringhaus St. 
  • United States Coast Guard - Dec. 1 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 1664 Weeksville Rd.
  • Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation - Dec. 8 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 901 S. Halstead Blvd
  • Pasquotank Co. High School - Dec. 13 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 1064 Northside Rd.
  • Sentara Albemarle Hospital - Dec. 13 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 1144 N. Road St. 

Surry:

  • Dobson, Surry Community College - Dec. 7 (9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) 630 S. Main St. 
  • Elkin, Elkin High School - Dec. 9 (8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) 334 Elk Spur St. 

Mount Airy

  • 13 Bones - Nov. 23 (11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 502 S. Andy Griffith Pkwy. 
  • Piney Grove Baptist Church - Nov. 27 (2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) 278 Piney Grove Church Rd. 
  • CK Technologies - Nov. 30 (12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 710 Piedmont Triad W. Drive
  • Beulah Ruritan Building - Dec. 4 (12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 5436 W. Pine St. 
  • Surry American Red Cross - Dec. 5 (1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 844 Westlake Dr. 
  • Lowes Hardware Mt. Airy - Dec. 9 (12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 692 S. Andy Griffith Pkwy. Suite 100
  • Bannertown Baptist Church - Dec. 11 (12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 1834 Westfield Rd. 
  • First Presbyterian Church of Mount Airy - Dec. 11 (2 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 326 S. Main St. 
  • Meadowview Middle School - Dec. 12 (2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) 1282 McKinney Rd. 
  • Mount Airy Middle School - Dec. 15 (2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) 249 Hamburg St. 

Pilot Mountain:

  • Pilot Mountain First United Methodist Church - Nov. 28 (12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 210 Marion St. 
  • Westfield Volunteer Fire Dept. - Dec. 4 (12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 3386 Old Westfield Rd. 
  • State Road, Mountain Park Elementary School - Nov. 29 (1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) 505 Mountain Park Rd.

Virginia:

Chesapeake

  • 2WD Thanks 4 Giving at the Chesapeake Square Mall - Nov. 25 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 4200 Portsmouth Blvd.
  • 2WD Thanks 4 Giving at the Greenbrier Mall - Nov. 25 (10 a.m. -4 p.m.) 1401 Greenbrier Pkwy. 
  • 2WD Thanks 4 Giving at the Chesapeake Square Mall - Nov. 26 ( 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 4200 Portsmouth Blvd.
  • 2WD Thanks 4 Giving at the Greenbrier Mall - Nov. 26 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 1401 Greenbrier Pkwy. 
  • Lifestyle Center Chesapeake Regional Medical - Dec. 1 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 800 Battlefield Blvd. North
  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church - Dec. 3 (7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) 4320 Bruce Rd. 
  • Hickory Ruritan Club - Dec. 8 (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 2752 Battlefield Blvd. South
  • Chesapeake Public Library - Dec. 13 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 298 Cedar Rd. 

Franklin:

  • Hardy, Westlake Branch Library - Dec 13 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 84 Westlake Rd. Suite 109
  • Rocky Mount, The Franklin Center - Nov. 30 (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 50 Claiborne Ave. 
  • Essig Recreation Center - Dec. 7 (10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) 295 Technology Dr. 

Gloucester: 

  • Glocester High School - Dec. 14 (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.) 6680 Short Ln. 

Hampton: 

  • Hampton Roads Chapter RSMO - Nov. 23 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 1323 W. Pembroke Ave.
  • Bethel High School - Dec. 1 (8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 1067 Bigh Bethel Rd. 
  • Hampton Roads Chapter RSMO - Dec. 14 (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 1323 W. Pembroke Ave. 

James City:

  • TJ Maxx - Nov. 23 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 4640 Monticello Ave. 
  • 2WD Thanks 4 Giving Monticello Marketplace Shopping Center - Nov. 25 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 4640 Monticello Ave.
  • Five Forks Diner - Dec. 2 (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.) 4456 John Tyler Hwy. 
  • Thomas Nelson CC - Dec. 6 (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) 4601 Opportunity Way
  • Saint Bede Catholic Church Parish Center - Dec. 9 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 10 Harrison Ave.
  • Ford's Colony Swim & Tennis Club - Dec. 12 (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 302 Saint Andrews Dr. 
  • Williamsburg Moose Lodge - Dec. 12 (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 5429 Richmond Rd. 
  • Eastern State Hospital-Building - Dec. 15 (7:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 4601 Ironbound Rd.
  • Williamsburg-James City Co. Courthouse - Dec. 15 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 5201 Monticello Ave. 

Matthew:

  • Piankatank Ruritan Club - Dec. 6 (1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Rt. 198 West

Newport News:

  • 2WD Thanks 4 Giving at Patrick Henry Mall - Nov. 25 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 12300 Jefferson Ave. 
  • 2WD Thanks 4 Giving at Patrick Henry Mall - Nov. 26 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 12300 Jefferson Ave.
  • Patrick Henry Mall - Nov. 27 (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 12300 Jefferson Ave.
  • United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula - Dec. 5 (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) 401 City Center Blvd. 
  • Patrick Henry Mall - Dec. 5 (3 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.) 12300 Jefferson Ave.
  • Newport News City Hall - Dec. 8 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) 2400 Washington Ave. 
  • Newport News Nursing and Rehab Center - Dec. 9 (12 p.m. - 4 p.m.)  12997 Nettles Dr. 
  • Patrick Henry Mall - Dec. 11 (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 12300 Jefferson Ave. 

Norfolk:

  • Student Center - Nov. 30 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 700 Park Ave. 
  • Norfolk Blood Donation Center - Dec. 5 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 250 W. Brambleton Ave. 
  • Norfolk City Hall - Dec. 7 (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) City Hall Building, 810 Union St.
  • World Trade Center - Dec. 7 (9:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) 101 W. Main St.
  • Dominion Tower - Dec. 8 (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.) 999 Waterside Dr. Suite 415
  • Norfolk Blood Donation Center - Dec. 12 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 250 W. Brambleton Ave.
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital - Dec. 13 (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.) 600 Gresham Dr.

Portsmouth:

  • Lakeview Elementary School - Dec. 4 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 1300 Horne Ave.
  • Lakeview Elementary School - Dec. (3 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 1300 Horne Ave.

Southampton:

  • Courtland, Southampton Middle School - Dec. 6 (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 23450 Southampton Pkwy. 
  • Sedley, Nottoway Elementary School - Dec. 8 (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 13093 Ivor Rd. 

Suffolk:

  • Nansemond Suffolk Academy - Nov. 30 (10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) 3373 Pruden Blvd. 
  • Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church - Dec. 5 (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 3488 Godwin Blvd. 
  • New Vision Ministries and Teen Church - Dec. 7 (3 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 4165 Pruden Blvd. 
  • Townebank - Dec. 8 (12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.) 6001 Harbour View Blvd. 
  • Kroger-Suffolk - Dec. 9 (12 p.m. - 4 p.m.) 1017 University Blvd. 
  • O'doodleDoo's Donut - Dec. 13 (7 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 1601 Bridge Rd. 

Surry:

  • Dominion Virginia Power/SNIC - Dec. 8 (7 a.m. - 12 p.m.) 5570 Hog Island Rd.
  • Dominion Virginia Power/SNIC - Dec. 8 (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) 5570 Hog Island Rd.

Virginia Beach:

  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Nov. 23 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd
  • Hope Lutheran Church - Nov. 23 (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 5350 Providence Rd. 
  • Virginia Beach Convention Center - Nov. 25 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 1000 19th St.
  • Virginia Beach Convention Center - Nov. 26 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 1000 19th St. 
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Nov. 26 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
  • Church of the Acension - Nov. 27 (8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) 4853 Princess Anne Rd. 
  • Virginia Beach Convention Center - Nov. 29 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 1000 19th St. 
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Nov. 29 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
  • Holiday Inn Va. Beach-Norfolk - Nov. 29 (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 5655 Greenwich Rd. 
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Dec. 1 (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
  • Municipal Center Building 19 - Dec. 2 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 2416 Courthouse Dr. Building 19
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Dec. 3 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
  • Charity United Methodist Church - Dec. 5 (3 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 4080 Charity Neck Rd. 
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Dec. 6 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church - Dec. 6 (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 5181 Singleton Way
  • Kempsville Presbyterian Church - Dec. 7 (1 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 805 Kempsville Rd. 
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Dec. 8 (1 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
  • SMILE - Dec. 10 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 2126 Great Neck Square
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Dec. 10 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Dec. 13 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. 
  • Sentara Virginia Beach General Front Lobby - Dec. 13 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 1060 First Colonial Rd. 
  • Three Oaks Elementary - Dec. 14 (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 2201 Elson Green Ave. 
  • Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center - Dec. 15 (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. 
  • Kempsville Christian Church - Dec. 15 (2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 5424 Parliament Dr. 

Williamsburg:

  • Woodlands Conference Center - Nov. 30 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 119 Visitors Center Dr. 

York: 

  • Grafton, Yorkmister Presbyterian Church/Covenant Hall - Dec. 8 (1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) 6218 George Washington Memorial Hwy. 
  • Yorktown, Victory Family YMCA - Dec. 7 (12 p.m. - 6 p.m.) 101 Long Green Blvd.


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