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Busy schedules over the holiday season led to a steep drop in the number of blood drives held across the nation, and the American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for donations of blood and platelets.

In November and December, there were about 1,700 fewer blood drives held than in the previous two months, according to a Red Cross news release. Over the holiday season, blood drives may be cancelled or less fruitful because of a higher chance of illnesses like the flu, inclement weather and busy holiday schedules.

"We encourage our generous donors who are eligible, as well as new donors, to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help ensure blood products continue to be available for patients. Every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs blood," said Nick Gehrig, communications director for Red Cross Blood Services.

For the duration of January — National Blood Donor Month — as part of the "Give Blood. Give Hope" campaign, donors who give blood or platelets at some Red Cross drives and donation centers will get a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

The Red Cross needs all types of blood to guarantee a supply to meet all patients' needs, the release states.

To download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or for more information go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/. You can also call 1-800-733-2767 for more information or to make an appointment.

People at least 17 years old — or 16 with parental consent — may donate blood, and you must have a driver's license, blood donor card or two other forms of identification at check-in. You must weigh at least 100 pounds and be in general good health. High school students and those under 18 must meet additional height and weight requirements.

Opportunities to donate

Codorus Township

  • 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Jan. 19, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6 York St.
  •  8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Jan. 23, Bethlehem UMC, 109 E. Main St.

Dillsburg

  • 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Jan. 21, Monaghan Presbyterian Church, 1185 Gettysburg Pike

Dover

  • 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Jan. 16, St. David's EC Church, 2411 Oakland Road
  • 2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Jan. 26, Dover Community Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road

Glen Rock

  • 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Glen Rock Emergency Medical Services, 59 Water St.

​Hanover

​There will be opportunities to donate at Greater Hanover Donation Site, 529 Carlisle St., Hanover, on the following dates and times:

  • 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Jan. 16
  • 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Jan. 20
  • 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Jan. 25
  • 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Jan. 27

There will be an opportunity to donate at North Hanover Mall from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Hellam

  • 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Jan. 16, Hellam Fire Co., 163 E. Market St.

Lewisberry

  • 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Jan. 21, Lewisberry UMC, 209 Market St.

Loganville

  • 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Jan. 22, Brown's Orchards and Farm Markets, 8892 Susquahanna Trail South

Manchester

  • 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Jan. 18, Christ Lutheran Church, 66 S. Main St.

Stewartstown

  • 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Jan. 29, Saubels, 8 Ballast Lane

Wrightsville

  • 7 a.m. - 11 a.m., Jan. 21, Donsco, Inc., C-40 N. Front St.

York

  • 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Jan. 14, York County Nursing Home, 118 Pleasant Acres Road
  • 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Jan. 18, Shiloh Fire Co., 2190 Carlisle Road
  • 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Jan. 23, American Red Cross York Office, 724 S. George St.
  • 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Jan. 23, Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane
  • 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Jan. 25, American Red Cross York Office, 724 S. George St.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Jan. 26, York College of Pennsylvania, 441 Country Club Road
  • 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Jan. 27, Penn State York Campus, Main Classroom Building, 1031 Edgecomb Road
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