In an effort to make sure any patient who needs blood this winter can get it, the American Red Cross will be holding Holiday Blood Drives in each of the tri-cities on Friday.
Red Cross officials hope residents of central Nebraska will discover the true meaning of the season and donate blood at any of the blood drive locations in Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney. Each individual donation has the potential to save up to three lives.
The blood drives will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27.
Blood drive locations include the YWCA, 211, E. Fonner Park Road, in Grand Island; First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 501 N. Burlington, in Hastings; and at the American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th, in Kearney.
The number of blood donations generally drop around the busy holiday season which is why officials are hoping these holiday blood drives will help make up for the season shortfall.
To get more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or go online to redcrossblood.org.