Deb Mayers and Stacey Maynard. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN.

LOOKING to be part of a Christmas secret Santa that doesn’t cost a cent, and also helps the lives of up to three people?

Well, Australian Red Cross Blood Service wants to hear from you.

The organisation has launched its Australia’s Biggest Secret Santa campaign, to get 500 new blood donors in Bendigo to help meet the demand over the Christmas and New Year periods.

Blood Service’s Shae Smith said blood will still be needed by road accident patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and premature babies every day throughout the holiday period.

“If secret Santa is about giving anonymous gifts, designed to make someone’s day, then blood donation really is Australia’s ultimate secret Santa exchange,” she said.

Stacey Maynard knows all to well how valuable blood donations can be for families, with her grandfather being a recipient.

That, and a fear of needles, encouraged her to step up and donate blood every fortnight.