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Blood, platelet donations critical after the holidays

Donors have chance to win trip to Super Bowl

The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types — especially type O — and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets through Jan. 19 will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander-All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses. Additional details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

Bedford County

Thursday — Noon to 5:30 p.m., Everett Church of God, 11152 Lincoln Highway, Everett.

Monday — 12:30 to 6 p.m., Bedford Moose Lodge 480, 123 S. Richard St., Bedford.

Jan. 15 — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., UPMC Bedford Memorial, 10455 Lincoln Highway, Everett.

Jan. 31 — 1 to 6:30 p.m., Saxton Fire Hall, 504 Eighth St., Saxton.

Blair County

Friday — 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Homewood Retirement Center, 437 Givler Drive, Martinsburg.

Tuesday and Jan. 21 and 28 — Noon to 6 p.m., Altoona Blood Donation Center, 415 Orchard Ave., Altoona; 12:30 to 6 p.m., Jaffa Shrine, 2200 Broad Ave., Altoona.

Jan. 16 — 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Williamsburg High School, 515 W. Third St., Williamsburg.

Jan. 17 — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Station Medical Center, 1516 Ninth Ave., Altoona.

Jan. 24 — 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Hollidaysburg Area High School, 1510 Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg.

Jan. 27 — 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church, 6444 Kettle Road, Tyrone.

Cambria County

Today — 1 to 6:30 p.m., St. Benedict Church, Main Street, Carrolltown.

Thursday — 2:30 to 7 p.m., St. Bernard’s Church, Beaver Street, Hastings.

Jan. 16 — 1:30 to 7 p.m., St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 7911 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson.

Jan. 17 — 1:30 to 7 p.m., Holy Family Church Hall, 509 Caldwell Ave., Portage.

Jan. 21 — 1:30 to 7 p.m., Saint Francis University Kennedy Center, Evergreen Drive, Loretto.

Jan. 29 — 12:30 to 6 p.m., Ashville VFW, Main Street, Ashville; 2:30 to 7 p.m., St. Nicholas Church Hall, 203 St. Henry St., Nicktown.

Jan. 30 — 2:30 to 7 p.m., Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, 321 St. Mary St., Loretto.

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