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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Life

Blood cannot be manufactured; it flows only from generous donors. The blood donation typically takes less than 15 minutes.

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Patch file photo

The following is by Hospice of the North Coast

In less time than it takes to wrap a few holiday presents, bake a batch of Christmas cookies or sing a few carols, you can save someone’s life. In fact, one blood donation can save as many as three people’s lives! What a wonderful gift you can give people who truly need it.

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Some of these people reside in Southern California; they could be a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor.

More than one million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many will need blood, sometimes daily, during chemotherapy. A single car accident victim may require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Donating Blood is Easy

Blood cannot be manufactured; it flows only from generous donors. The blood donation typically takes less than 15 minutes.

So while you’re getting into the spirit of the season, take a few minutes to give a priceless gift to a grateful recipient whose life you can change – and perhaps save. 

Visit this site http://www.sandiegobloodbank.org to learn more and to make an appointment at a convenient blood donation center.

Have a safe and happy holiday! 

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