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Give the best gift this holiday season, give the gift of life by donating blood at the Riverhead Firehouse’s Blood Drive on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the banquet room. 

New York Blood Center has declared a blood emergency and donations are especially critical during this time. After the summer months the blood supply has reached a critically low level. People of all blood types are encouraged to donate, but those with O negative or B negative are especially needed. 

To further reward donators, Moustache Brewing Co. is offering “Pint For a Pint.” A voucher for a free beer at Moustache Brewing Co. will be given to those that donate. 

Appointments for donating can be scheduled, but walk-ins are welcome. If you are going to donate, make sure to eat well and drink plenty of fluids. An ID such as driver’s license with photo, state ID, passport, student ID with photo or a Blood Donor Card is required for donating. 

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Julia-Anna is a Riverhead native and a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in Biology and minor in Anthropology. She currently lives in Cutchogue.