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Check smoke detector batteries when you turn clocks back.

This November, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the perfect gift – a blood donation – to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with family gatherings 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.

Timothy Sheely’s wife received 12 units of blood products during emergency surgery after the birth of their son. “If it had not been for blood donors, she may not have survived that ordeal, but thanks to generous blood donors, I still have a wife and my kids still have their Mom,” he said. “I can’t possibly thank those people in person, but I can give a little piece of me back with each donation for the greater good. Thanks to those who are able to donate and choose to donate!”

The Red Cross encourages donors to start a new holiday tradition and bring family and friends together to donate blood or platelets. Donors of all blood types are needed to give this November to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. As a thank you for donating around the Thanksgiving holiday, all those who come to donate Nov. 24-28 will be invited to download a set of recipes from celebrity chefs.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

Liverpool Blood Donation Center

7359 Oswego Rd.

Liverpool, NY 13090

Monday & Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday: 7:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.



11/17/2016: 11:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Auburn United Methodist Church, 99 South Street

11/25/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Finger Lakes Mall, Routes 5 and 20, 1579 Clark Street Road

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11/17/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Cortlandville Fire Department, 999 State Route 13

11/18/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Cortland Regional Medical Center, 134 Homer Avenue

11/19/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St Mary's Church, 44 North Main Street

11/21/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cortland YMCA, 22 Tompkins Street

11/23/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Port Watson Mini Conference Center, 131 Port Watson Street


11/19/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 16 Cayuga Street


11/22/2016: 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Marathon High School, 12 E. Main Street


11/17/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., McGraw High School, 10 W. Academy Street



11/30/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hamilton High School, West Kendrick Avenue


11/16/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Morrisville High School, 5061 Fearnon Road

11/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Morrisville College STUAC Bldg, 80 Eaton Street



11/21/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Post 787, 5575 Legionnaire Drive


11/29/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 8396 Morgan Road

East Syracuse

11/28/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Berkshire Bank, 6611 Manlius Center


11/26/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Jordan United Methodist Church, 63 Elbridge Street


11/23/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., North Area YMCA, 4775 Wetzel Road


11/19/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 408 Pleasant Street


11/19/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Marcellus United Methodist Church, 1 Slocombe Avenue


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11/18/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Borodino Fire Department, 2500 Nunnery Road


11/17/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., SU Schine Student Center, Waverly Avenue

11/18/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., St Josephs Hospital and Health Center, 301 Prospect


11/19/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Destiny USA, 1 Carousel Center Drive

11/20/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St Anns School, 4471 Onondaga Boulevard

11/21/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Curtin Special Events Room Campus Center, 1419 Saltsprings


11/26/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lowes, 131 Simon Drive

11/28/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Syracuse University, White Hall


Central Square

11/28/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 915, 3301 Fulton Avenue


11/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Fairley Elementary school, 953 Auburn Street

New Haven

11/21/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., New Haven Community Alliance Church, 4175 State Route 104


11/16/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Oswego Elks Lodge 271, 132 W 5th St

11/19/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lowes, 445 State Route 104

11/30/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., State University of New York Oswego, 217 Hewitt Union


11/26/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Parish Volunteer Fire Company Incorporated, 16 Union Street

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

By martha

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