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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules, which creates a greater need for blood donations.

To encourage donations, long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirts will be given to all who donation Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, while supplies last.

The York County blood drive schedule for Dec. 16-31 is:

Dover:

Dover Community Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, 2-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31.

Hanover:

Greater Hanover Blood Donation Center, 529 Carlisle St., 1-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 7 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Dec. 24.

The Peak 98.5 at the North Hanover Mall, 1155 Carlisle St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26.

Manchester:

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4360 Board Road, 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Red Lion:

Parish Building, 3050 Cape Horn Road, 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28.

Shrewsbury:

YMCA, 100 Constitution Ave., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

Sweet Frog Shrewsbury, 14605 Mount Airy Road, Suite C, 2:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

Chick-fil-A, 14665 Mount Airy Road, noon-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.

York:

Reliance Fire Co. of West York, 1341 W. Market St., 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

American Red Cross York office, 724 S. George St., 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 19; 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23; 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31.

The Peak 98.5 at the York Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2000 Loucks Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26.

York Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive, 2-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28.

Grace Baptist Church, 3920 East Prospect Road, 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29.

For an an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

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