The American Red Cross is encouraging the public to donate blood or platelets this holiday season.
The organization noted that there is a yearly decline in donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, when donors are busy celebrating and traveling. “However,” the Red Cross said in a statement, “medical treatments and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays.”
Donors who give between Nov. 21 and Nov. 24, said the Red Cross, will receive a long sleeve T-shirt while supplies last.
“Patients like 6-year-old Ava King will continue to need transfusions critical to their care this holiday season,” the organization said. “Ava has Diamond-Blackfan anemia, which impacts her body’s ability to produce enough red blood cells.”
“By giving blood and platelets, donors may give patients more time — and more holidays — with loved ones,” the Red Cross concluded.
To donate, visit the permanent Utica Blood Donation Center at 4685 Commercial Drive, New Hartford. The center is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends.
The schedule of upcoming area blood drives is as follows:
Rome — Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rome Memorial Hospital, 1500 N. James St; Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St.; Thursday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Floyd Ave.
Barneveld — Friday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Town of Trenton Municipal Center, 8520 Old Poland Road.
Herkimer — Monday, Nov. 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 127 Prospect St.
Ilion — Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cedarville Fire Department, 960 State Route 51; Saturday, Nov. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 49 Morgan Street.
New Hartford — Friday, Nov. 16 from 11:30 .m. to 4:30 p.m. at New Hartford Public Library 2 Library Lane; Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Presbyterian Home, 4290 Middle Settlement Road.
Sherrill — Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 230, 168 East Seneca St.
Vernon — Friday, Nov. 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sconondoa Sherrill Masonic Lodge, 5211 W. Seneca St.