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Give one last gift this holiday season, give blood Dec. 17

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PERRY COUNTY – The holiday season is here, and with it comes the exchange of gifts amongst family and friends. But many hospital patients have a gift on their wish list this year that only generous hearts can give: a blood donation.
Once the hustle and bustle of the holidays subsides, the American Red Cross reminds people to give one last gift — give blood. A blood donation can be the most meaningful gift of the season.
As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day across the country to meet the needs of patients. Make an appointment to donate by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling (800) RED CROSS.
The next local opportunity to give blood will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Wal-Mart in Tell City.
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, 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.