The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

This month, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady. During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life. To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21 - Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 16-31:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Tri County Bible Church, 5856 West CR 1050 South, Rensselaer

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 16, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave., Merrillville

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16, St. Andrew the Apostle, 801 W 73rd Ave., Merrillville

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Best Buy, 91 Silhavy, Valparaiso

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Family Video, 2502 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Faith Memorial Lutheran Church, 753 North Calumet, Valparaiso

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Nativity of our Savior/Fellowship Hall, 2949 Willowcreek Road, Portage

noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 18, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave., Merrillville

12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Family Life Center, 154 Main St., Westville

1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18, St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway, Schererfille

1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 19, Knights of Columbus, 13039 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Anytime Fitness LaPorte, 59 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Anytime Fitness, 4112 S. Franklin St., Michigan City

2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Laborers' Local 41, 550 Superior Drive, Munster

1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 21, American Reformed Church, 1021 S. Halleck St., DeMotte

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 22, Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church, 9770 Keilman St., St. John

12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Highland Parks & Recreation Center, 2450 Lincoln St., Highland

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 22, Chesterton Health and Emergency Center, 770 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton

8 a.m. to noon Dec. 23, Hanna United Methodist Church, 101 W. Hopper St., Hanna

12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26, Michigan City Public Library, 100 East 4th St., Michigan City

noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 26, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 East 83rd Ave., Merrillville

noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 26, Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive, Hammond

1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 26, Portage Public Library, 2665 Irving St., Portage

noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 27, American Legion, 5675 Mulberry Ave., Portage

2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 27, American Legion Post 261, 13050 Washington, Cedar Lake

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart

2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 28, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 507 Rose St., Kouts

2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 28, Trinity United Methodist Church, 107 East Angelica St., Rensselaer

1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 28, American Legion Charles Pratt Post 94 - Valparaiso, 4 East Monroe St., Valparaiso

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Faith Evangelical Bible Church, 305 E. 400 N., Valparaiso

1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 29, Cabela's, 7700 Cabela Drive, Hammond

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 29, Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso

1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 29, Apostolic Fellowship Hall, 16448 S U.S. 231, Remington

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 29, Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Michigan City, 301 W. Homer St.

7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 30, Sacred Heart Church, 204 N. Ohio St., Wanatah

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