DETROIT (WWJ) –  The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give one last gift this holiday season and discover the true meaning of giving by donating blood.

Busy holiday schedules and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can often mean fewer donors giving blood. But for patients with cancer or other illnesses or injuries requiring blood transfusions, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t get a holiday break. The gift of a blood donation only takes about an hour and can give patients a chance to celebrate more holidays to come.

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To encourage donations and show appreciation, all those who attempt to donate blood Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2015, will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative, A negative or B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Macomb County

• Clinton Township
12/27/2014: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran Church, 21400 Nunneley
12/30/2014: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Italian American Cultural Center, 43843 Romeo Plank Road

• Macomb
12/29/2014: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Walgreens Store 7527, 21828 23 Mile Road

• Shelby Township
12/30/2014: 2 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress, 49800 Dequindre
12/31/2014: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Macomb Christian Church, 13845 22 Mile Road

• Sterling Heights
12/31/2014: 6 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Henry Ford Medical Center, 3500 15 Mile Road

• Utica
12/28/2014: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., St. Lawrence K of C, 44633 Utica Road

Warren
12/29/2014: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Art Van Training Center, 6500 East 14 Mile Road
12/29/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., St. Martin DePorres Catholic Church, 31555 Hoover
12/30/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 29860 Dequindre

Oakland County

• Bloomfield
12/28/2014: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., St. Owen Catholic Church, 6855 Franklin Rd.

• Lake Orion
12/29/2014: 2 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., St. Mary in the Hills Episcopal Church, 2512 Joslyn Ct.
12/31/2014: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Church of Christ Lake Orion, 1080 Hemingway

• Leonard
12/30/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Addison Twp Library, 1400 Rochester Rd

• Novi
12/30/2014: 7:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Providence Park Hospital, 47601 Grand River
12/30/2014: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Henry Ford Medical Center Columbus, 39450 West 12 Mile Road
12/30/2014: 1:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Providence Park Hospital, 47601 Grand River

• Orion Township
12/31/2014: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Great Lakes Athletic Club, 3800 Baldwin Road

• Rochester
12/26/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 100 Romeo Street

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• Royal Oak
12/26/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1314 Northwood Boulevard

• South Lyon
12/29/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Salem South Lyon Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail
12/30/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Salem South Lyon Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail

• Southfield
12/31/2014: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., The Westin Southfield, 1500 Town Ctr

• Troy
12/26/2014: 9 a.m. – 8:45 p.m., Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois
12/30/2014: 2 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Clawson Troy Elks, 2549 Elliott Ave

• West Bloomfield
12/29/2014: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Henry Ford Hospital, 6777 West Maple

Wayne County

• Canton
12/30/2014: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Holiday Inn Express- Canton, 3950 South Lotz Road

• Canton Township
12/26/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Resurrection Catholic Church, 48755 Warren

• Detroit
12/26/2014: 7 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., St. John Hospital, 22101 Moross

• Flat Rock
12/26/2014: 1:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 28400 Evergreen

Garden City
12/30/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., American Legion Post 396, 6860 Middlebelt Road

• Grosse Pointe
12/30/2014: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Beaumont Health System – Grosse Pointe, 468 Cadieux

• Grosse Pointe Woods
12/30/2014: 11:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Grosse Pointe Woods Parks & Recreation Community Center, 20025 Mack Ave.

• Livonia
12/28/2014: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., St. Aidan Catholic Church Activity Center, 17500 Farmington Road

• Northville
12/30/2014: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Northville Fire Department, 45745 West 6 Mile Road

• Plymouth
12/29/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Plymouth Library, 223 South Main Street

• Taylor
12/27/2014: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Trillium Academy, 15740 Racho

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• Woodhaven
12/30/2014: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Road