One way to give back this holiday season is through blood donations. It's free and takes 30 to 60 minutes of your time.
This year, LifeShare Blood Centers is helping to provide an extra gift.
"It's not a gift you can go buy at the store," and the need is constant, LifeShare's Tina Hooper explained.
"If the community doesn't give blood, then it's not going to be there for the patients that need it."
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the gift of life often is forgotten.
"We typically struggle around December and January finding people to come donate blood. I believe we all get busy with our holiday plans, and sometimes we forget these priorities."
This year, LifeShare is giving donors an opportunity to make their gift go a little further.
"They also have an opportunity to sign a card noting they gave blood in a child's honor," Hooper said.
It can be a simple holiday wish or words of encouragement.
The cards will be attached to stuffed animals and delivered to children at Shreveport area hospitals later next month.
"They don't know who their blood goes to; it's going to help someone tremendously and be the best gift they can give the season for sure," Hooper said.
"But they can also send a personal message by adding a card to the bears, to the stuffed animals to given to the children. And it really doesn't take that much time to make a difference for a few people this season."
You have until Dec. 10 to donate blood and sign those cards at LifeShare Blood Centers in Northwest Louisiana.
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