The Gift of Life

Article Published: Dec. 2, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Tis the season, and everyone's searching for the perfect gift that doesn't break the bank. The more money saved, the more there is to spend. Still, many of us struggle to find the perfect gift.

"What if, for just one day, you forget the sales and choose to save a life instead? Donating blood helps save up to three lives, and the only cost is an hour of your time," an American Red Cross spokesperson said. "If just 10 percent of Americans give blood this holiday season, 34.2 million lives might be saved. Now, that's a deal everyone can appreciate."

So, as you flip through circulars and scan retail websites, take a moment to log on to or call (336) 413-3286 and make an appointment to give blood.

Upcoming Blood Drives

? Monday, Dec. 6, 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mountaineer Village (517 Yosef Drive). For an appointment or more information, call Sharon at (828) 262-9962.

? Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express/Watauga Community Drive (1855 Blowing Rock Road). For an appointment or more information, contact the chapter at (828) 264-8226 or visit online at, click on enter sponsor code "5740."

? Friday, Dec. 10, 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Family Resource Center (225 Birch Street Suite 4). This is in honor of Owen Miller, who is 10 years old with brain cancer. For an appointment, call his mother, Janet Miller, at (828) 773-3871 or email (

? Tuesday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Watauga Medical (336 Deerfield Road). For an appointment, call Pat Barker at (828) 268-9438.

? Friday, Dec. 31, 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Watauga High School (300 Go Pioneers Drive), in memory of Leigh Anne Cable. Call Regina Alford for an appointment at (828) 719-9658.

"Your blood donation this holiday season is the perfect gift, the gift that saves the day," the spokesperson said. "Give life. Your heart, your wallet and countless hospital patients across the country thank you."

For donors' convenience, blood donation appointments may be scheduled online at Interested parties may also call (336) 413-3286.

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