Though a majority of the nation is facing freezing temperatures and harsh weather, hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions – no matter the weather outside. The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help ensure patients continue to receive lifesaving treatments this winter.

The attached release provides additional details on the need for blood this winter. As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give Dec. 22 through Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.