Give the Gift that Money Can’t Buy

November 22, 2011

Help save lives this holiday season by donating blood


Think outside the box this holiday season.  The perfect gift is at your nearest American Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center.  And, unlike the latest fashion trend, video game or golf club, it costs nothing but an hour of your time. When you donate blood, you give the perfect gift - another hug, another laugh, another smile, another chance - to someone in need of blood.


“It’s the season of giving and there’s one gift that won’t cost you a penny, but means the world to a patient in need,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region.  “By donating blood, you can give someone an opportunity to spend another holiday with their loved ones.”


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It only takes about an hour to donate blood, and in that hour, you can unwrap a lifetime of memories for hospital patients in your community and across the country. The need for blood is constant and doesn’t pause for the holidays. By taking time to donate this winter, you can help the Red Cross ensure a stable blood supply for all patients who need blood products.


All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.


Through mid-December, all those who attempt to donate blood at Red Cross donation centers in St. Louis, Columbia, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, and southern Illinois can enter a chance to win two tickets to an upcoming St. Louis Rams regular season home game.  Drawings will be held two weeks prior to the game.  


This holiday season, give something that means something with a donation to the Red Cross.  The Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog has 25 symbolic gifts representing all Red Cross services that people can purchase in the name of a loved one during the holiday season.  Check out the catalog at