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Give the perfect gift through blood or platelet donations

Imagine giving a gift that everyone wants but money can’t buy.

That gift could be one that brings more smiles, more joy, more hugs, and more time with family and friends.

Imagine giving a gift like that. Then imagine you can in the next few months by donating blood and platelets through your American Red Cross.

“We’re asking you to think outside the gift box this holiday season,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “The perfect gift doesn’t come with a bow or fit under a tree. Your gift of life comes from within, and it costs nothing more than about an hour of your time.”

Every day of every season, hospital patients need blood and platelets for the treatment of serious diseases like cancer, for lifesaving surgeries, or for emergency care related to accidents or trauma. And while the need is constant, donations from volunteer blood donors sometimes taper off during busy holiday times.

“When you give blood or platelets, you’re giving someone hope,” said Whitman. “It’s hard to think of a more perfect gift.”

More details and a video on giving the perfect gift of blood or platelets through the American Red Cross can be viewed at redcrossblood.org/ perfectgift.

Come to donate from Dec. 1 through Jan. 31 and be entered into a region-wide drawing for a $1,000 VISA gift card.

Following are upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives in LaGrange County:

·        Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. until noon in the Fellowship Hall at South Milford Church of Christ, located at 8030E 600S in Wolcottville.

·        Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Farmstead Inn and Conference Center, located at 370 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana. Call (260) 463-5044 to arrange transportation to this blood drive.

·        Monday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at LaGrange First United Methodist Church, located at 209 W. Spring St. in LaGrange.

·        Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the LaGrange First Church of God, located at 777 N. Detroit St. in LaGrange. Call (260) 463-5044 to arrange transportation to this blood drive.

For information on other ways you can give back to your community this holiday season through your American Red Cross, visit redcross.org/gifts or call 1-800-RED CROSS.