Red Cross encourages December blood donations

The flow of blood donations slows during December, according to the American Red Cross. That’s why the organization is ramping up efforts to encourage donations with a number of blood drives throughout the area later this month.

To offer further incentive, all individuals who donate blood or platelets between Dec. 21 and Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Local blood drives

  • Five Forks Diner, 4456 John Tyler Highway, 7 a.m. to noon Friday.
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 100 Sentara Circle, noon to 6 p.m. Friday.
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream, 5289 John Tyler Highway, noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 17.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Corporate Office, 323 Alexander Lee Parkway, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20.
  • T.J. Maxx, 4640 Monticello Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 21.
  • Lowe’s, 801 E. Rochambeau Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24.
  • T.J. Maxx, 4640 Monticello Ave., 3-7 p.m. Dec. 26.

For more information or blood drives in other areas, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

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