In a festive twist this holiday season, the Rock River Valley Blood Center is thrilled to announce that Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance to encourage the community to give the gift of life through blood donation.

The jolly couple will be at the center at 11 a.m. on Dec. 11 to spread joy and inspire goodwill among donors.

“As the holiday season is a time for giving, what better way to embrace the spirit of generosity than by contributing to the health and well-being of those in need,” said Santa Claus. “Donating blood is a magical way to spread holiday cheer to those who need it most. It’s a gift that goes beyond the presents under the tree – it’s the gift of life.”

The Rock River Valley Blood Center encourages all eligible community members to join Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in this heartwarming initiative. Every donation can make a difference in someone’s life during the holiday season.

Donating blood is simple, and one unit can save up to three lives. After registering, a donor care specialist will take your vitals (temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin), you’ll complete an eligibility questionnaire, and then sit back and relax while you give. The donation itself only lasts about 10 minutes. Refreshments await after you’re done donating.

If you’re a first-time donor, please bring a photo ID. Individuals can donate a single unit (whole blood donation, the most common type) every 56 days.

Donors can make appointments online at, by calling 815-965-8751 or using the myRRVBC app. Walk-ins are also welcome.