Santa is not only giving presents, he is also giving blood

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Santa donated blood Tuesday at the Hoxworth Blood Center as part of their Fire and Ice campaign.

Anyone who donates blood between Tuesday and Saturday, Dec. 24 can register to win a Kindle Fire. All donors will be registered to win a $250 gift card to Diamonds Rock from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31.

Hoxworth says blood donations are slow this holiday season, but demand remains high.

"Unfortunately, illnesses, car accidents, traumas and surgery don't take a break for the holidays. So we still need donors to make a gift of life during the holiday season. And I can't think of many other gifts that you could spend money on where you can save 3 lives,"  said Alecia Lipton of the Hoxworth Blood Center. "And a blood donation doesn't cost anything except about 45 minutes of your time."

The Center says there is a critical need for blood type B Positive and a serious need for all other blood types.

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