Red Cross: Give something that means something

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season: a lifesaving blood donation.

Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area:

Bridgeport: Dec. 10, 1-6:30 p.m., Congregation B’Nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue.

Fairfield: Dec. 10, 1:30-6:45 p.m., Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road.

Shelton: Dec. 2, 8-1:30 p.m., PerkinElmer, 710 Bridgeport Avenue; Dec. 15, 1-6:15 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street; Dec. 15, 8-1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive.

Stratford: Dec. 4, 1-6:15 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 2252 Main Street.

How to donate blood

To donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS, 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, 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.