The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time — and more holidays — with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30:

2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16, Holy Spirit Church, 7667 E. 109th Ave., Crown Point

8 a.m. to noon Nov. 18, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18, Boys & Girls Club of Porter County - Valparaiso, 354 Jefferson St., Valparaiso

12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Momentum Church, 2200 N. Main St., Crown Point

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19, Conservation Club House, 1 Mill Pond Road, Union Mills

noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 20, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

1 to- 6 p.m. Nov. 20, St. John Township Community Center, 1515 Lincoln Highway, Schererville

1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21, Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G St., LaPorte

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24, LaPorte Hospital, 1007 W. Lincolnway, LaPorte

1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 24, American Legion Post 485, 7485 Burr St., Schererville

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

Noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 27, Merrillville Blood Donation Center, 791 E. 83rd Ave., Merrillville

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 6540 Central Ave., Portage

12 to 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Valparaiso University - Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29, Fitness & Recreation Center, 2300 173rd St., Hammond

8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Hebron High School, 509 S. Main St., Hebron

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