Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The need for blood donations during the holiday season and winter months is great, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year by giving the gift of a blood donation.

Due to winter holidays, severe weather, and seasonal illnesses, people can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules creating a greater need.

In an effort to boost donations, all donors who donate December 23 through January 3, will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Healthy donors with type AB, O, B negative, and A negative are especially encouraged to give.

To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Below are upcoming blood donation opportunities from now through the end of the year.

American Red Cross Myrtle Beach Blood Donation Center, The Plaza at Carolina Forest, 3681 Renee Drive, Unit 4
Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Pawleys Island

12/28/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., HealthPoint, 12965 Ocean Highway

Little River

12/21/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Anchor Baptist Church, 3300 Highway 50

12/30/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Fitness Zone of NMB, 304 Highway 90 E, Unit C-2

Myrtle Beach

12/22/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., D.R Horton Myrtle Beach, 4070 Belle Terre Blvd.

12/22/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., South Strand Complex, 9630 Scipio Lane

12/23/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., YMCA, 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Drive, Grand Strand YMCA

North Myrtle Beach

12/23/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowe's of North Myrtle Beach, 214 Highway 17 N

12/30/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Myrtle Beach Aquatics and Fitness Center, 1100 Second Ave. South

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