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Red Cross calls for blood, platelet donations ahead of holidays

Emily Balser
Daniel Cima for The American Red Cross
This file photo shows Red Cross employee Bob Otwell prepares blood products including FFP, whole blood and platelets for distribution to nearby hospitals.

The American Red Cross is asking for blood and platelet donations ahead of the holiday season when donations typically slow down.

The Red Cross said donations decline this time of year because regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations.

Everyone who donates now through Dec. 19 will receive a $5 gift card via email. Some restrictions apply. More information and details are available at .

Donors can make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App , visiting or calling 1-800-733-2767.

Below is a list of local blood drives:

Allegheny County


  • Nov. 30: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., University of Pittsburgh William Pitt Union Bldg., 920 William Pitt Union
  • Dec. 19: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Squirrel Hill Wellness and Rehabilitation Ctr, 2025 Wightman St.


  • Nov. 27: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Keystone Summit Park, 4000 Ericsson Drive
  • Dec. 4: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Erie Insurance-Warrendale, 301 Commonwealth Drive

Butler County


  • Dec. 7: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Butler VA, 353 North Duffy Road

Cranberry Township

  • Nov. 26: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rose E Schneider Family YMCA, 2001 Ehrman Road


  • Dec. 14: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mars High School, 520 Route 228



  • Nov. 27: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Univ of Pittsburgh Smith Hall Lounge, 150 Finoli Drive
  • Nov. 28: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Greensburg Blood Donation Center, 351 Harvey Ave.
  • Dec. 12: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Greensburg Blood Donation Center, 351 Harvey Ave.
  • Dec. 15: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, 1182 Ashland St.


  • Dec. 3: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 407 Constitution Ave., PO Box H


  • Nov. 28: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saint Vincent College – Carey Hall Student Center, 300 Fraser Purchase Road


  • Dec. 12: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 300 W Main St.


  • Dec. 10: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Vandergrift Masonic Lodge # 617, 113 Washington Ave.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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