AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn residents and students are encouraged to donate blood Monday to help save lives this holiday season.
Auburn High School will hold a Student Council Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in the presentation room. Donors must be at least 16 years old, and they can’t have tattoos done in the past 12 months.
In addition, a free appetizer or dessert from Chili’s Grill & Bar will be yours if you donate blood at the Auburn Knights of Columbus on Monday. The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Auburn Knights of Columbus at 49 Central St. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
According to the Red Cross website, one blood donation can help save up to three lives.
The Red Cross will accept two types of donations Monday: blood donations and double red cell donations.
Blood donors must be at least 16, weigh 110 pounds, be in good health on the day of the donation and have no history of exposure to hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. There are other health requirements.
Also, the individual’s last donation has to be more than eight weeks, or 56 days, ago, and they must have a valid identification, such as a driver’s license, blood donor card or passport.
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.