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Saving lives over the holidays with blood

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Mary Balow has been a regular blood donor for the past thirty years. She donates often because her blood type is O positive, the rare type that can be used for anyone in need. "I'm out there so that some day somebody in my family needs blood it will be here, but on the other hand I know that there is a family that needs it someone where." According to The American Red Cross, donors like Mary are hard to find, because only five percent of the population actually donates blood on a regular basis. The holiday season is known as a time for giving and the best time to donate, because Red Cross Coordinator, Shannon Jordan says blood donations dramatically decrease. "It's very important for people to come out, especially around the holidays right now with the travel, you're going to have more accidents and with more accidents you're going to need more blood, plus incidents happen around the holiday season as it is, and right now our supply is on a one to two day level, so right now is a really good time to come out." Donors like Nancy Rosa say she knows the importance of donating, not just during the holidays but year round. "It's the time of giving, so it's a little bit more special, but I usually do it all the time anyways." The donation process is simple and doesn't take more than an hour. All you need to be is at least 17 years of age, weigh more than one hundred ten pounds, not taking medication for an illness, and have proper identification. All donors can agree, giving blood, particularly during the holidays, is only a small effort that makes a big difference.

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