Red Cross in need of blood donations

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The American Red Cross is in need of blood and platelet donations.

Officials said donations were down in the months of November and December due to the holidays.

“Holiday schedules prevent organizations from being able to host blood drives and we depend on our organizations to partner with us to host those blood drives,” Tiffany Taylor with the Red Cross said. “They help us with about 80 percent of the blood drives we have.”

In the Tennessee Valley region, at least 500 blood donations are needed every day.

Anyone who would like to donate blood or platelets can make an appointment online or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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