Giving the gift of life this holiday season

By WEEK Producer

December 20, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The most important gift you can give this holiday season is the gift of life.

Dozens of people came to our East Peoria studio on Friday to do just that. We had a steady stream of people all afternoon rolling up their sleeves to save a life.

The Red Cross says blood donations tend to decrease in the winter months as people get busy with the holidays but the need is still there.

Our drive collected 51 units of blood.

If you could not make on Friday but would like to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.