By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Give one last gift this holiday season with a blood donation

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give one last gift this holiday season and discover the true meaning of giving by donating blood. 

Busy holiday schedules and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can often mean fewer donors giving blood. But for patients with cancer or other illnesses or injuries requiring blood transfusions, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t get a holiday break. The gift of a blood donation only takes about an hour and can give patients a chance to celebrate more holidays to come.

To encourage donations and show appreciation, all those who attempt to donate blood Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2015, will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative, A negative or B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

12/18/2014: 2 - 7 p.m., Griffin Moose Lodge #1503, 1435 Zebulon Road, Griffin 
12/18/2014: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Center Pointe Business Complex, 1100 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta 
12/18/2014: 3 - 8 p.m., Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, 2651 East Hwy 16, Sharpsburg 12/18/2014: 2:30 - 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 206 Broad St., Manchester
12/18/2014: 2:30 - 6:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 119 W. Washington St., Monticello 
12/19/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Piedmont Newnan Hospital, 745 Popular Road, Newnan 
12/19/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Forsyth County Safety Complex, 3520 Settingdown Road, Cumming 
12/19/2014: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 9851 Commerce Way, Douglasville 
12/19/2014: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Peachtree City Community, 601 Stevens Entry, Peachtree City 
12/19/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sanctuary Park, 1125 Sanctuary Park, Alpharetta 
12/19/2014: 3 - 7 p.m., Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville
12/19/2014: 2 - 7 p.m., U First Fitness, 11164 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek 
12/19/2014: 2 - 6 p.m., Kroger, 505 Dacula Road, Dacula 
12/20/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3155 Trickum Road, Marietta
12/20/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center, 677 Church St., Marietta
12/21/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Big Miller Grove Baptist Church, 3800 Big Miller Grove Way, Lithonia 
12/21/2014: 1 - 6 p.m., Happy Valley Baptist Church, 605 Main St., Villa Rica 
12/21/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, NW, Atlanta 
12/21/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saint Brendan Catholic Church, 4633 Shiloh Road, Cumming 
12/21/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell
12/22/2014: 3 - 7 p.m., Covington Family YMCA, 2140 Newton Drive, Covington 
12/22/2014: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Pkwy., Johns Creek
12/22/2014: 2:30 - 6:30 p.m., Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville
12/22/2014: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Glenn Building Atlanta, 550 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 
12/22/2014: 3 - 7 p.m., Walmart, 1569 North Expressway, Griffin 
12/22/2014: 3 - 7 p.m., Fairview Presbyterian, 857 Duluth Hwy, Lawrenceville 
12/22/2014: 2 - 7 p.m., Embry Hills United Methodist Church, 3304 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta 
12/22/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Douglas Medical Center, 8954 Hospital Drive, Douglasville
12/22/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., MARTA, 2424 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta 
12/22/2014: 1:30 - 7 p.m., Canton United Methodist Church, 930 Lower Scot Mill Road, Canton 
12/22/2014: 1 - 6 p.m., Northwest Family YMCA, 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw 
12/23/2014: 3 - 7 p.m., St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta
12/23/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Northside Hospital Cherokee, 201 Hospital Road, Canton 
12/23/2014: 2 - 6 p.m., Movies 278 Hiram, 185 Metromont Road, Hiram 
12/23/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., City of Sugar Hill, 1166 Church St., Sugar Hill 
12/23/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Walmart, 6435 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock 
12/23/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., TitleMax, 1650 N. Expressway, Griffin 
12/24/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Regal Cinemas Stadium 14, 2125 East Main St., Snellville 
12/24/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dekalb Medical Center Women's Center, 2701 N. Decatur Road, Decatur 
12/24/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lilburn Municipal Complex, 76 Main St., Lilburn 
12/24/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kroger, 301 Jonesboro Road, McDonough 
12/24/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Great Escape Theatre, 115 Foster Drive, McDonough 
12/24/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hunter Park Community Center, 8830 Gurley Road, Douglasville 
12/26/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE, Atlanta
12/26/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tanner Medical Center, 705 Dixie St., Carrollton 
12/26/2014: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta 
12/26/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford 
12/26/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 
12/26/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Atherton Place, 111 Tower Road, Marietta 
12/26/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cowart Family Ashford Dunwoody YMCA, 3692 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 
12/26/2014: 3 - 7 p.m., Walmart, 10300 Industrial Blvd., Covington 
12/26/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Walmart, 3826 Cobb Parkway North, Acworth 
12/26/2014: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Town Center at Cobb, 400 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw
12/26/2014: 2 - 7 p.m., Sams Club, 7325 Jonesboro Road, Morrow 
12/27/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Walmart, 3826 Cobb Parkway North, Acworth 
12/27/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sams Club, 6995 Concourse Pkwy, Douglasville 
12/27/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. George Catholic Church, 771 Hwy 70, Newnan 
12/27/2014: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Comite Cevico Ecuatoriano de Georgia, 5661 Deerfield Place NW, Kennesaw
12/27/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford 
12/27/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Town Center at Cobb, 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw
12/28/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Town Center at Cobb, 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw 
12/28/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford
12/29/2014: 1 - 6 p.m., Carmike Cinemas, 1395 Riverstone Pkwy, Canton 
12/29/2014: 2 - 8 p.m., Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite, 1001 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta 
12/29/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Pkwy, Marietta
12/29/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Southern Regional Medical Center, 11 West Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale 
12/29/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 Lavista Road, Tucker 
12/29/2014: 1 - 6 p.m., Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mt Vernon Hwy, Atlanta 
12/29/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Piedmont Henry, 1133 Eagles Landing Pkwy, Stockbridge 
12/29/2014: 12 - 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City 
12/29/2014: 2 - 7 p.m., Fullerville Baptist Church, 423 Old Town Road, Villa Rica
12/29/2014: 2 - 7 p.m., Eastridge Community Church, 863 Highway 142 East, Covington
12/29/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Upson Regional Medical Center, 801 Gordon St., Thomaston 
12/30/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Newton Federal Bank, 3175 Hwy 278, Covington 
12/30/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Egleston's Children's Hospital, 1405 Clifton Road, Atlanta
12/30/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Wellstar Windy Hill Hospital, 2540 Windy Hill Road, Marietta
12/30/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 9851 Commerce Way, Douglasville 
12/30/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kroger, 48 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan 
12/30/2014: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Gwinnett County Fire Department, 408 Hurricane Shoals Road, Lawrenceville 
12/30/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Kroger, 1101 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City 
12/30/2014: 12 - 5 p.m., Christian Ministries Hospice, 625 Carver Road, Griffin 
12/30/2014: 2 - 7 p.m., G. Cecil Pruett Community Center YMCA, 151 Waleska St., Canton
12/31/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., East Paulding Primary Care Center, 176 Marietta Hwy, Hiram 
12/31/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Walmart, 1550 Scenic Hwy, Snellville
12/31/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Starbucks, 3241 Sixes Road, Canton 
12/31/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kroger, 8020 Cumming Hwy, Canton 
12/31/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kroger, 3139 U.S. Hwy 278 NE, Covington 

American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers: 
3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta
1955 Monroe Drive, NE, Atlanta
3090 Premiere Parkway, Duluth
2145 Roswell Road Suite 250, Marietta

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
 
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.