Nick McWilliams reporting – With the holidays nearly here and the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, the American Red Cross is asking for residents to consider offering a helping hand with blood donations.

Overall donations have taken a hit during the fight against the virus, and usually take a dip during Christmas time.

Regional Communications Manager for the American Red Cross Christy Peters says that while many are busy with shopping, cooking and other parts of the holiday season, countless people need help with blood donations this holiday season.

“This year is even more challenging as we’re dealing with a pandemic. But the need for blood doesn’t stop for the holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than one million blood transfusions will be given in the United States. And that need can’t be met without volunteer donors who come out and give.”

If you are in good health and able to donate, the Red Cross urges you to go online to to find information, locate a donation center, or schedule and appointment.

Upcoming donation opportunities can be found in Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison and Muskingum Counties.

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