You have three local opportunities to give blood over the next two weeks and help the American Red Cross prevent a blood shortage.
The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry will host a blood drive Thursday from 1:30 to 7 p.m. A second opportunity will take place on Friday, November 29th at the Mars VFW on Mars Valencia Road. Also, Mars High School is hosting a drive December 3rd.
There is currently a critical need for type O donors. In order to counteract what is usually a steep decline in donations around the holiday season, those who donate before December 18th will receive a $5 gift card to an online retailer. Those donating next week at the Mars VFW will receive an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt while supplies last.
Those interested or able to donate are asked to make an appointment by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.