Holiday Blood Drive

By Jared Kaplan

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 4, 2006 at 1:16 PM EST

The holiday season is typically a difficult time to get people to give the gift of life.
Blood donations are generally down.
The Red Cross is often digging deep into reserves of blood to meet the needs of local hospitals.
"We had a number of high school and college drives occuring this fall that are holding us over by we need this holiday drive support to get through," says Laurie Hubik of the American Red Cross.
But as the Red Cross kicked off its annual Holiday Blood Drive, it's found people from across the Twin Tiers are exceptionally generous.
"Fabulous, donors have been wonderful. A lot of first time donors a lot of people who haven't come in in 10 years," says Hubik.
"I just turned 16 a few months ago and I got this random thing to donate and its my second time so I'm pretty proud," says Blake Collazo of Port Dickinson.
"My mom had some friends who worked for the red cross delivering blood and encouraged me to donate. I started last year," says Patti Ellis of Owego.
"You cant get this at any store and I know personally of people helped and saved so this is the least I can do," says Laura Coppens of Apalachin.
In the first hour alone, over 30 people showed up.
They're hoping the steady flow lasts through Saturday."
"We're hoping for 200 people over 2 days. 100 each day," says Hubik.
But the Red Cross needs 380 donations of blood a day in the area to keep up with demand so the more donations, the merrier.
If you'd like to donate there's still some time left.
The Blood Drive is taking place at the Holiday Inn University in Vestal until 7pm Friday night.
Or you can donate Saturday, December 24th from 8am until 2pm.
If you'd like, you can make an appointment, by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

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