COLUMBUS — The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

Mike Healey’s son was born prematurely, weighing 3 pounds, and immediately needed blood. “I gave blood the next day and have done it 56 times since then,” he said. Though Healey’s son spent his first 49 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit, he has thrived and is now a healthy, 10-year-old little league baseball player. “I will never forget whoever selflessly gave blood for my son.”

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Butler County: 

Brainard: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Klein Center, 120 East Brainard.

David City: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., City Auditorium, 699 Kansas Street.

Rising City: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Hall, 600 Main Street.

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