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A gift of blood during the holidays can be a lifesaver


American Red Cross

A single blood donation can save three lives, and takes about an hour. It might be the most important thing you do this holiday season.

BSEATTLE - Blood donations tend to drop this time of year, so Washingtonians are being encouraged to stop by a blood center or blood drive over the holidays, to ensure that blood centers can continue to supply clinics and hospitals.

According to David Leitch, director of donor and volunteer resources, Puget Sound Blood Center, it takes 900 people a day giving blood just to meet the Seattle area needs. Typically there are 15 or 20 blood drives a day at schools and businesses, but that number lags during the busy end-of-year holidays - while the demand for blood does not.

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