The holiday season is almost here...
For many that means time with family and friends both at home and on the road.
That combination isn't good for blood donations however.
Jennifer Charbonneaux with United Blood Service in Minot says this is the slowest season for donations.
To try and offset that, this Wednesday they are making a push for as many donors as possible in Minot.
Walk-ins are welcome at the site on North Hill to try and make-up for the annual slow down, that always hits at a bad time.
(Jennifer Charbonneaux - Minot UBS Center Manager) "It happens actually every time we have a holiday. Any day that we are not drawing blood is a day where we can't supply our hospitals so what we have to do is bump it up a bit beforehand. We get hit really hard at the end of the year because we have the big three. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's that will jump in there and that impacts our blood draw. Unfortunately because there is more people traveling during that time, that means there is often more accidents and we automatically need more blood when there is a trauma."
United Blood Service will be open extra hours Wednesday with the hope that people will set aside the hour or so it takes to donate.
They will be open from eight until six -- and will have some gifts to hand out as well for those who stop by to make a donation.