RC notes blood is good gift

This holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking the public to think outside the gift box and give blood.

Donations tend to decline during December, especially around the holidays, but the need for blood remains steady.

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities are:

• Dec. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Auto Truck Group, 13710 Lower Huntington Rd., Roanoke.

• Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington.

• Dec. 22, from noon to 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Dustman Rd., Bluffton.

• Dec. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.