Share the holiday spirit by giving blood

LEWISTON, ID - With the holidays just around the corner, the Inland Northwest Blood Center is encouraging people to give back by donating blood.

According to INBC officials, the need for blood during the holidays tends to rise as there is an increase in accidents and a decrease of donors due to vacations and other activities.

This week marks the center's annual "Spirit of Giving Community Blood Drive," one that INBC recruiter Alicia Neely said is very important.

"People still get sick," said Neely. "It doesn't matter whether it's a holiday or just a day in general, we need to keep that supply going."

INBC needs at least 200 blood donors everyday to supply the region's 35 hospitals. Each donation has the potential of saving up to three lives.