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Blood donations bring hope during the holidays

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

During the holiday season, presenting blood donors can invite loved ones to follow in their footsteps and help patients in need or let someone know they rolled up a sleeve in his or her honor with a customized “postagram.”

1. Take a photo of a Red Cross moment, whether it’s lying on the donor bed, enjoying a post-donation snack or meeting a recipient.

2. Upload the photo at and add a message.

3. The postagram will be mailed anywhere you choose, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram.

The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on what makes them grateful. Family, friends and good health come to mind for many.

Countless patients like Ethan Hoffart, however, strive for good health during the holidays, oftentimes in a hospital room, away from family and friends. Blood donations can bring them hope.

When Ethan was 10 years old, he spent most of the holiday season being treated for aplastic anemia, a disease in which the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. For four months Ethan was dependent on blood transfusions every seven days and platelet transfusions every three days.

Thanks in part to volunteer donors, Ethan’s disease is under control, and he will be at home with his family for the holidays this year.

All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and

B negative. Appointments to donate with the American Red Cross and bring hope to patients in need can be made at or 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Lincoln County

Nov. 21 from 3-7 p.m. at VFW Hall, 444 Highway J in Troy, Mo.

Nov. 27 from 3-7 p.m. at Lincoln County Council on Aging, 1380 Boone St. in Troy, Mo. (complimentary T-shirt for presenting donors, while supplies last)