The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season.

Blood donations often decline during the holidays when people just get busy with travel and family gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. There are two chances for you to donate this week, and I got to talk with Craig Jackson, the Account Manager for the American Red Cross here in our neck of the woods, about the need for blood this holiday season.

So make sure to stop by the Smithton High School at 505 South Myrtle in Smithton on the 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., or visit Inter-State Studio here in Sedalia at 3500 Synder Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit 'em on Twitter at @RedCross.