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Giving the Perfect Gift — Life Itself

Many of us guessed wrong last month in deciding what gifts to give for Christmas. Despite our best efforts, some of the presents we left under tree just were not the big hits for which we had hoped.

On Monday, you have a chance to get it right by giving something everyone wants — the gift of life.

From 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday, the annual Ohio Valley Media Day Blood Drive will be held by the American Red Cross. Note that there is a new location for the event this year, at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack.

Walk-in donors are welcome, but if you want to make an appointment, you can do so by phoning the Red Cross a 800-733-2767. Or, go to the online site at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood is the very stuff of life. Victims of accidents and some illnesses need it to survive. The only source is compassionate people willing to donate their own blood so that others may get better.

It really is the perfect gift. If you are able to give it, we encourage you to do so on Monday.

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