red crossThe American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types, and especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed now to help maintain a stable blood supply.

Blood donation appointments can be made through the Red Cross Blood Donor App – a faster, more convenient way to schedule and manage donation appointments, especially for donors on the go. The app also allows users to track donation histories, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The app is free and available for download in app stores.

Donors may also visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more about the donation process and to make an appointment.

Mesquite: 11/19/2014: 7 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. and 12 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. at Primex Plastics, 752 Turtleback Road.

Bunkerville: 11/20/2014: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bowler Elementary School, 451 Vincen Leavitt Ave.