Area Blood Drive Honors Veterans

The American Red Cross asked volunteers to roll up their sleeves and donate blood on behalf of Veterans Day.

Madison residents gave blood at eight blood drives around the area, officials said.

Donors also had the opportunity to sign holiday cards and send a message of thanks to deployed troops.

“By giving blood this Veterans Day weekend, donors can pay tribute to those who serve this country,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “These blood drives will give donors the chance to help hospital patients who need blood, and at the same time, write messages of thanks to veterans and members of the military for their service.”