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Make a resolution to donate blood

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- The Utah Red Cross is asking for people to step up and donate blood during the holidays to help fill a growing need.

Dale Porter gives blood on a regular basis.

And since he has 0 negative blood - the universal blood type - no doubt, he has helped all kinds of people.


"I hope I have given life. An extension on life, perhaps," Porter says.


And right now, blood bank officials say they need more of that gift.


"We really need donors to come in to help us for the blood transfusions we are going to have in early January," says Julia Wulf with the Utah Red Cross.


More than 41-thousand blood donations are needed every day in the U.S.


"We are preparing for that disaster that might be happening to someone," Wulf says.


Darlene Shipe knows all about the need for blood.


"I've had nieces that have been in accidents and needed blood and it was nice to know there were people there that supported us and gave blood and helped out,' Shipe says.


While Darlene can't donate, her husband is a regular here at the Red Cross blood bank.

She stands by to cheer him on.


"There are a lot of people who are not able to give blood and this is a time when people need the blood," Shipe says. "So, he feels this is his way of helping others and sharing, by donating blood."


Blood bank officials are grateful for these donors and hope that during this season of giving - others will feel the need to roll up their sleeves and join in.


"It can literally save a life. We don't do that alone, but blood saves lives," Wulf says.

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