Red Cross puts out call for blood donations

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS—The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelets during the upcoming holiday season. 

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays because regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations, the Red Cross said in a press release Monday.

Donations are critical for patients like Wyatt Monacelli, a 4-year-old who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia, and has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June. The Red Cross said he will likely need more. 

“We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it,” said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt’s mother, in a press release.

The Red Cross said donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s do not have to worry about the availability of blood this winter.

Those who donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, will receive a $5 gift card via email in efforts to encourage donors to give now, before the holiday season is in full swing, to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies.

To make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

The Red Cross also said another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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