American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.
New Beginnings Baptist Church will host blood drives with American Red Cross Friday, Dec. 21, and Thursday, Jan. 3, at 204 S. Monroe St., Streator.
Donors who give during these drives will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross Donor T-shirt while supplies last. For drive times and more information, or to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767.
Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.