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Hoosiers Encouraged to Give Blood This Holiday Season

Blood donations tend to drop this time of year at hospitals and clinics across Indiana.

That's why officials are urging Hoosiers to consider rolling up their sleeves to give a lifesaving gift.

Dan Fox of the American Red Cross says between school vacations, inclement weather and busy schedules, the number of donations declines over the holidays, while the need for blood in local hospitals remains constant.

The American Red Cross estimates that one in ten people admitted to the hospital will require a blood transfusion.

In Indiana, donors must be at least 17 years old, in good health, and weigh more than 110 pounds.