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The American Red Cross will host two blood drives in the Advantage area: one on Friday, Jan. 17 from 1-6 p.m. at the Greenfield Fire Hall, 424 Route 106, and the other on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 1-6 p.m. at the Archbald Hose Co. No. 1, 380 Main St., Archbald.

The American Red Cross has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. As of Jan. 6, the Red Cross had less than a three-day supply of type O blood.

To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets between Jan. 1-19 will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses. Additional details are available at

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.

Donors can make an appointment to give using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-733-2767, visiting or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.