Donations reduced during holiday season.

The next Red Cross community blood drive is scheduled for Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pratt Community Building, 619 N. Main.

The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood, and while the need is constant, the supply is not, especially around the holidays.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit Walk-in donors are welcome.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor's card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 100 pounds and be in generally good health