Think outside the gift box: Donate blood and give more life

(Dec. 5, 2017) — The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband.

In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life. To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 15-31

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington

12/15/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/16/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/17/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/18/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/19/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 7 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/20/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/21/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Madison Building

12/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road, NW

12/22/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/23/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/24/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/26/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 7 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/27/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/27/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., MedStar Washington Hospital - Physicians Office Building, 106 Irving St. NW

12/29/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/30/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

12/31/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dr. Charles Drew Donation Center, 1730 E Street NW

MARYLAND

Montgomery

Ashton

12/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ashton United Methodist Church, 17314 New Hampshire Ave

Damascus

12/16/2017: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., American Legion Post 171, 10201 Lewis Drive

Gaithersburg

12/20/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Montgomery Cnty Public Safety, 100 Edison Park Drive

12/22/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue

12/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Homewood Suites, 805 Russell Avenue

12/29/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center, 204 Boardwalk Place

12/31/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bruster's Real Ice Cream, 18519 N. Frederick Ave

Germantown

12/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 18319 Leaman Farm Road

12/26/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Holiday Inn Express & Suites Germantown, 20260 Goldenrod Lane

Olney

12/27/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Medstar Montgomery Medical Center, 18101 Prince Philip Drive

Rockville

12/15/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/16/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/17/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/18/2017: 1:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/19/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/20/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/21/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/22/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/23/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/24/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/26/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/27/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/28/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/29/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/30/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

12/31/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Rockville Blood Donation Center, 11820 Parklawn Drive

Silver Spring

12/20/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Nurses Association-Silver Spring, 8515 Georgia Ave, Suite 400

12/21/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway

12/26/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Montgomery Chapter House, 2020 East West Highway

12/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave

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Prince Georges

Bowie

12/22/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bob Evans - Bowie, 4308 NW Crain Hwy

Clinton

12/28/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Legion Post 259, 9122 Piscataway Road

Fort Washington

12/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ft. Washington Baptist Church, 11516 Fort Washington Rd

Oxon Hill

12/29/2017: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road

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Saint Marys

California

12/15/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Andrew's Church, St. Andrews Church Rd

12/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chick-fil-A - California, MD, 45150 First Colony Way

Leonardtown

12/19/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, 22733 Lawrence Ave

12/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive

Lexington Park

12/21/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Rd

VIRGINIA

Alexandria City

Alexandria

12/15/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St

12/18/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St

12/22/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St

12/30/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Alexandria Chapter House, 123 North Alfred St

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Arlington

Arlington

12/23/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave

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Fairfax

Alexandria

12/17/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Elms at Kingstowne, 6008 Rock Cliff Lane

Fairfax

12/15/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/16/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/17/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/18/2017: 1:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/19/2017: 10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/20/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/21/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/22/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/23/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/24/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/26/2017: 10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/27/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/28/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pennino Building 10th Floor Conf Rm, 12011 Government Center Parkway

12/28/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/29/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/30/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

12/31/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Fairfax Blood Donation Center, 2720 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 200

Reston

12/20/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Leidos, 11951 Freedom Drive

12/29/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Extended Stay America, 12190 Sunset Hills Rd

Springfield

12/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., South Run RECenter, 7550 Reservation Dr

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Fauquier

Midland

12/30/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dayspring Mennonite, 5522 Catlett Road

Warrenton

12/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St John's Catholic Church, 271 Winchester Street

12/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Chick Fil A Warrenton, 256 W Lee Hwy

12/28/2017: 3:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., WalMart, 8278 James Madison Hwy

12/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Dr

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Loudoun

Ashburn

12/16/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Brambleton Corner Clubhouse, 42255 Palladian Blue Terrace

12/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ashburn Farm Association, 21400 Windmill Dr.

Leesburg

12/15/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St NW

12/16/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Leesburg Public Safety Center, 65 Plaza St NE

Sterling

12/20/2017: 2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Cascades Public Library, 21030 Whitfield Place

12/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., StoneSprings Hospital Center, 24440 Stone Springs. Blvd.

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Manassas City

Manassas

12/23/2017: 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd

12/24/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Freedom Aquatics & Fitness Center, 10900 University Dr.

12/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, 8650 Sudley Rd

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Montgomery

Christiansburg

12/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christiansburg Moose Ldg, 255 Ridinger St.

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Prince William

Dumfries

12/27/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Montclair Community Library, 5049 Waterwy Drive

Woodbridge

12/28/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Hylton Education Center, 2300 Opitz Boulevard,

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position rdcrss.org/driver.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.