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The American Red Cross needs donations over holiday season

December 22, 2017 GMT

NORFOLK - The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.

Communications Manager Samantha Pollard says donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause donors to be less available.

Pollard says last year nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations were given over the holiday season.

She says all blood types are needed especially O-negative the universal donor.

Pollard says for anyone who donates between December 21st and January 7th will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt.

To find a blood drive near you go to the website RedCrossBlood.org.