Red Cross spokeswoman Cari Merrill wants you to bleed this holiday season.

She isn’t a mean person, she just knows that this time of year, sometimes when people need it most, it seems hardest for folks to make it down to donate blood.

Merrill said Tuesday morning that the Red Cross is ready to begin celebrating in January - National Blood Donor Month.

“As people make their New Year’s resolutions, we’d love to encourage them to add blood donation to that,” she said. “Each blood donation can help save up to 3 lives so it’s a great way to help others in the new year!”

Woodward residents will get their chance to roll up their sleeves Jan. 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Woodward Church of the Nazarene at 400 south Downs, Merrill said.

According to Merrill, the Red Cross is meeting its patient’s needs, but the holiday season is traditionally more difficult to get people to come out and donate blood.

“People are busy, traveling and getting ready for the holidays and they just don’t have as much time,” Merrill said.

But the need for blood, she said, especially hard to find types, such as O, A, B, and AB negative blood, never wanes.

On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

The Central Plains Blood Services Region is encouraging all eligible blood and platelet donors to make a New Year’s resolution to help save lives by rolling up a sleeve now and throughout the year.

“Someone in this country needs blood every 2 seconds,” she said. “We want to be able to have those blood supplies so that we can get them to the people who need them.”

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