As usual the demand for blood goes on the rise as we approach the holiday season. People get caught up in the festive spirit and neglect to donate blood. There are quite a few blood drives coming up between now and the rest of the year. The Red Cross will be giving each blood donor who donates between December 23 and January 7 a free long sleeve t shirt as a way of saying thanks.

Upcoming drives are:

Saturday, December 16 from 9-3PM at St. John's Lutheran Church, Claremont

Sunday, December 17 from 11-4PM at the Faribault Elks Lodge

Monday, December 18 from 11-5PM at the Family Video in Owatonna

Thursday, December 21 from 8-1PM at Christian Assembly Church in Waseca

The following drives are all on Friday, December 22.

1-7PM at the Blooming Prairie City Center

12-6PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medford

9-3PM at Owatonna Hospital

11-5PM at Lowe's in Owatonna

With parental permission, Minnesotans as young as 16 may donate blood.