The American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to give blood throughout the holiday season.

A decline in donations typically occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with family gatherings and travel. The organization encourages donors to start a holiday tradition to donate blood or platelets. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. Those who donate Nov. 24-28 will be invited to download a set of recipes from celebrity chefs.

Participants can download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on their smartphones to register. Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.

To make an appointment: 800-733-2767;

Local donation center:

Chili Fire Department, 3231 Chili Ave., Rochester: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25.