Need is ongoing, especially during the holidays

Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn’t always — especially during the holiday season, when many regular donors are busy with holiday activities. Donors of all blood types are currently needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients.

As part of the Give Something that Means Something winter campaign, blood donors can invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps or let someone know they gave in his or her honor with a customized postcard. Donors simply take a photo of a Red Cross moment, whether it’s relaxing on a donor bed, enjoying a post-donation snack or meeting a blood recipient, then upload the photo and add a message at The “postagram” will be mailed anywhere the donor chooses, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram.

Eligible donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply around the holidays.

Three blood drives are planned for Butler County. The first was held Monday in El Dorado. The next opportunity to donate will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at Church of Christ, 3500 Ohio in Augusta, with the next one from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Victory Fellowship Church, 326 E. School St. in Rose Hill.

Appointments can be made by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.