Give the gift of life - Get your own gift in return

Just a few more days until Thanksgiving -- Then, of course, is the countdown to Christmas.

And to help you along, the Red Cross is once again holding its annual "12 Days of Giving" blood drive.

It's a chance for the organization to build up its blood reserves, while you also get a gift in return. It's held over the course of 12 business days in December, at various locations across the Tri Cities.

It's a great partnership between local business, who donate things like manicures, bottles of local wine, and gift certificates.

Starting Monday, November 19, you can call the Red Cross to make your appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS. You'll have your choice of locations and times. Then, all you have to do is show up to donate blood. And in exchange, you'll walk out with a gift of your own.