13th Annual Puppies for Patients Runs Through December: Join Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in bringing joy to children this holiday season through its 13th annual Puppies for Patients program. All donors who give blood or platelets now through Dec. 31 will sign a gift tag that will then be attached to a stuffed toy puppy. CBCC will deliver the puppies to children in area hospitals and care facilities during the holidays. To make an appointment at any center or mobile drive, visit www.cbcc.us or call 1-888-59BLOOD. More public drives can be found at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website www.cbcc.us. CBCC has donation centers in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Hickory, and Greensboro (http://www.cbcc.us/about/donor-center-hours.php for center hours).