Winter is a slow time for blood donations.  American Red Cross spokesperson Dan Fox says cold-and-flu season combined with bad weather and holiday gatherings often keep regular donors busy during the colder months of the year…

“That’s why we ask people who are healthy and able to donate to do so as often as they’re eligible so that our supplies can remain stable.”

While it’s common for many people to donate after a disaster Fox says everyone should remember transfusions are used everyday.

“People should donate blood because it helps save lives,” Fox says. “People, I think, often think about blood donation after major disasters like what we saw on the east coast with Super Storm Sandy and those definitely can have an impact on the blood supply but I think sometimes people forget about the personal disasters that happen.”

The Highview Baptist Church in Chillicothe will hold a blood drive from 10 to 2 on Saturday, December 1st.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4th, the Red Cross will host another drive at Lowes Home Improvement from 10 to 2.

In Brookfield there will be a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. at Wal-Mart.