Christmas has come and gone, and as people start to look to the New Year, the American Red Cross urges people to list blood donation as one of their resolutions.
According to the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region, January and February can be a slow time for blood collection. Inclement weather often disrupts blood drives or normal business hours, and many people contract cold or flu symptoms that make them ineligible to give blood.
Since blood donation is so vital — one donation has the potential to save up to three lives — during January, all presenting donors will be entered to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store. Furthermore, until Jan. 13, all presenting donors will also be entered to win a tablet computer valued at $500.
People may make appointments at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People may give blood at the following locations:
n Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Drive in Paducah.
n Jan. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Drive.
n Jan. 2, 2-6 p.m. at Walgreens, 1205 Main St. in Murray.
n Jan. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Massac Memorial Hospital, 28 Chick St. in Metropolis, Ill.
n Jan. 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall 1418, 106 Picnic Blvd. in Fancy Farm.
n Jan. 8, noon-4 p.m. at Fredonia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 303 Cassidy St. in Fredonia.
n Jan. 8, noon-8 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1698 Canton Road in Cadiz.
n Jan. 10, noon-6 p.m. at Bardwell Baptist Church, 323 U.S. 51 S. in Bardwell.