Tomah Health and Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin officials are asking area residents to consider giving the gift of life by donating blood at Tomah Health Dec. 26 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

To donate, a person must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and have photo identification. Sixteen-year-olds may donate with parental consent.

Officials report that during the holidays, donations decline, but the need for blood increases. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at<>.