Be a holiday hero; give the gift of life

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Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice, a news release states.

In November 2016, a 100-foot maple tree fell on Mike McMahon, causing life-threatening injuries. He needed 11 units of blood during emergency surgery and another seven units to treat complications after. Six weeks following the accident, McMahon was released from the hospital, just in time to spend the holidays with his family.

“I’m grateful for the donors who gave me such an amazing gift – the gift of life,” said McMahon. “I was an occasional blood donor before the accident. Today, I donate as often as I can to help ensure others receive blood when they need it most.”

Now is an important time to give blood. A seasonal decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors become busy with family gatherings and travel. In addition, severe winter weather can cause blood drive cancellations and negatively affect the blood supply. Patients like McMahon can’t afford for there to be a shortage of blood.

The Red Cross supports patients at more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide and 41 hositpals in the Central Ohio Blood Services Region.

Give the gift of life – make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-733-2767.

As a thank-you for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give Dec. 20 through Jan. 6 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Mount Gilead: Jan. 14; 12 p.m. —6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 E. High St.

Shauck: Jan. 12: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6808 State Route 314.

Sparta: Jan. 11 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Highland High School, 6505 SR 229.

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