Give the gift of life at the Waco holiday blood drive

December 18, 2013

The holiday season is in full swing, with schedules full of festive activities and plans with family and friends. But for patients requiring lifesaving blood transfusions, the holidays can be difficult.

To help ensure patients everywhere have the blood products they need this winter, the American Red Cross and the Prophecy Media Group are partnering to encourage the community to give something that means something at this year’s Waco Holiday blood drive.

Waco Holiday Blood Drive

Dec. 21-22 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Richland Mall, 6001 West Waco Dr., Waco, Texas.

All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt, while supplies last.

“This drive comes at a crucial time of year for patients in need of blood,” said Jan Hale, communications manager of the Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. “By rolling up a sleeve and donating, donors are giving hospital patients the chance to spend more holiday seasons with loved ones.”

Historically, during the months of November, December and January, fewer donors take time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, winter weather, and travel plans.

Blood donors are also encouraged to invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps and donate blood this holiday season. Visit to upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard to a loved one.

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 consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school – more –

students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.