Blood donation still needed: RC

As the gift-buying frenzy heats up and the weather cools down, many regular donors may put off a blood or platelet donation, which led to nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations to the American Red Cross during the holiday season last year than during the rest of the year. That’s why the Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to donate blood or platelets.

Upcoming donation opportunities in Huntington County are:

• Thursday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Evangelical United Meth-odist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Rd.

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

• Sunday, Jan. 7, from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church/School, 860 Che-rry St.

• Monday, Jan. 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Huntington Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Rd.

• Thursday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Knight Bergman Center, 132 S. Nancy St.

To donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcross or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.