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With a decrease in blood donations and an increase in accidents, donating blood around the holidays is vital.
WHIZ Media Group is teaming up with the Red Cross and sponsoring a blood drive this Thursday. Red Cross Executive Director Marlene Henderson says blood is in high demand right now.
"The holidays are always a very tough time for blood collections. We find that after the 15th of December, blood collections start to decrease. People are busy, the hustle and bustle with Christmas, they are trying to get so many things done. It's just not on the top of their priority list," said Henderson.
General Sales Manager for WHIZ Radio-Interactive, Jay Benson, says those who donate will receive a 10 dollar gift card to Walmart and will enter to win a 1,000 dollar Easton shopping spree and overnight at the Hilton in Easton. Henderson says by donating blood, you are giving the gift of life.
"This is the time of year to really give. Give back to the community. Give to people that you will never know if you save their life, but that feeling when you walk away that you helped save three people's lives," said Henderson.
The blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Secrest Auditorium in Zanesville. You can schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.