Give the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season on December 23

December 14, 2011

Tis' the season when everyone's searching for last minute gifts.  The perfect last gift can be found without stepping foot into a mall, placing an order online or spending a dime. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to give one last gift before the Christmas holiday – a potentially lifesaving blood or platelet donation – and discover the true meaning of savings. 

Ten conveniently located Red Cross blood drives are being held on Friday, December 23 to give donors the opportunity to give one last gift to help ensure blood is available during the holiday season and beyond for patients in need. One hour of your time on December 23 can help save up to three people’s lives, allowing them to spend another holiday with their families. When you donate blood or platelets, you give the perfect gift - another hug, another laugh, another smile, another chance - to someone in need.

“Blood donors can help ensure a stable blood supply during the holidays when many people get busy with seasonal activities. Patients can't take a holiday from needing blood,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region. “By donating blood, you can give patients in your area and across the country more time to spend with their loved ones.”

All presenting donors will receive holiday cookies, cider and a Red Cross goodie bag.

Last Gift Blood Donation Opportunities on Friday, December 23

  • Bloomington Area Blood Donation Center, 505 W. 98th Street, Minneapolis, Minn., 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Chippewa Valley Blood Donation Center, 3485 E. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, Wis., 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Area Blood Donation Center, 1201 W. River Parkway, Minneapolis, Minn., 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • North Suburban Blood Donation Center, 1160 West County Road E., Arden Hills, Minn., 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • St. Cloud Area Blood Donation Center, 1301 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, Minn., 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • St. Paul Area Blood Donation Center, 176 South Robert Street, St. Paul, Minn., 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Roseville Ice Arena - John Rose Oval, 2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, Minn., 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Santa will be donating here at 11:00 a.m.)
  • St. Anthony Village High School/Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake Road NE, St. Anthony, Minn., 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Star Bank, 250 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie, Minn., 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • WalMart, 7835 150th Street West, Apple Valley, Minn., 55124, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.