OSCEOLA COUNTY — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types, and especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed now to help maintain a stable blood supply.

Blood donation appointments can be made through the Red Cross Blood Donor App — a faster, more convenient way to schedule and manage donation appointments, especially for donors on the go. The app also allows users to track donation histories, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The app is free and available for download in app stores.

Donors may also visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more about the donation process and to make an appointment.

Here is a list of upcoming blood drives in Osceola and Mecosta counties:

  • From 1 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 19778 U.S. 10 in Reed City
  • From noon to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Ferris State University West Campus Community Center, located at 1414 Family Drive in Big Rapids
  • From 1 to 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, at New Hope United Methodist Church, located at 7296 9 Mile Road in Mecosta
  • From noon to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, located at 605 Oak St. in Big Rapids