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The American Red Cross is encouraging healthy people to donate blood in December, as donations typically decline but the need remains steady.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities include:

Bedford: Dec. 19, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saint Michael’s, 90 Concord Road;

Burlington: Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn St.; Dec. 29, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road;

Chelmsford: Dec. 26, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road;

Groton: Dec. 26, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Union Congregational Church, 220 Main St.;

Lowell: Dec. 20, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gervais Kia, 6 Industrial Ave.; Dec. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Ave.; Dec. 28, noon to 5 p.m., Masonic Hall, 79 Dutton St.;

Shirley: Dec. 22, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., St. Anthony’s of Padua, 33 Chapel St.;

Tewksbury: Dec. 20, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., VFW Post 8164 Tewksbury, 87 Vernon St.;

Townsend: Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church, 3 Brookline St., P.O Box 487

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device.

To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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