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 Jan. 10, noon-6 p.m. at Bardwell Baptist Church, 323 U.S. 51 S. in Bardwell.
n Jan. 11, 2-6 p.m. at Walgreens, 635 S. Sixth St. in Mayfield.
n Jan. 14, noon-6 p.m. at Calvert City Civic Center, 1445 Fifth Ave. in Calvert City.
n Jan. 15, noon-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 115 Second St. in Fulton.
n Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Murray Walmart, U.S. 641 N. in Murray.
n Jan. 18, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Rosary Chapel Catholic Church, 711 Ohio St. in Paducah.