This Gift is Always Appreciated and Doesn't Need a Bow

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We all give gifts and remembrances at holiday time because we want to share the spirit of giving and caring.

This time of year, the MD Anderson Blood Bank is asking for a very personal gift, one that doesn't cost anything but is so vital to the lives of hundreds of MD Anderson patients.  

The need for blood or platelets remains tremendous every day at MD Anderson, regardless of the holidays. Each day, patients require about 150 units of red blood cells and 500 units of platelets; MD Anderson is the largest blood transfusion center in the nation. A donation of either blood or platelets can keep patients' blood counts on track so they can continue lifesaving treatment, recover from stem cell transplants or have innovative surgery.

MD Anderson's Blood Bank on Holly Hall near Almeda, about a mile south of the Texas Medical Center, offers free parking in front of the building, easy access and a comfortable location to give blood or platelets.  It's open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., or weekends from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The last appointment for platelet donation is one hour before closing. There also is a donation center that is open during the week on second floor of MD Anderson's Mays Ambulatory Clinic Building at 1220 Holcombe.

Please call 713/792-7777 to make an appointment to donate platelets or ask questions about giving blood or sponsoring a blood drive. You need not call to schedule an appointment for blood donation, but one is recommended for platelet donation because it can take up to two hours. Please click on the link above for directions, eligibility requirements, donating in the name of a patient and other information.

A donation of blood or platelets can touch the lives of three MD Anderson patients.

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