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Tired of turkey? Don't want to shop? Why not give blood?! The Wilmington Blood Center of the American Red Cross, located at 1102 South 16th Street, will hold its annual Tired of Turkey Days Blood Drive complete with free food coupons and other treats. This year's Tired of Turkey Days Blood Drive will be held: Friday, Nov. 27 & Dec. 4: 8 am - 2 pm Sunday, Nov. 29: 12 noon - 4:30 pm Monday, Nov. 30: 12 noon - 6 pm Wednesday, Dec. 2: 12 noon - 6 pm Friday, Dec. 4: 8 am - 2 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a FREE packet of McDonald's cookies, a coupon for a FREE item at McDonald's, a 2009 American Red Cross holiday ornament and the chance to enter to win one of three pairs of roundtrip tickets on Delta. The Carolinas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet patient needs. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet height and weight requirements. To schedule an appointment, please call (910) 254-GIVE (4483).

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