Lowe's in Philadelphia is hosting a blood drive Saturday, Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is asking the community to come and support the community blood program by donating a pint of lifesaving blood. This time of year is especially a crucial time because the blood supply is typically low because of the holidays.

According to United Blood Services representative Roz Johnson., "students in high school and colleges make up over 1/2 of our donor base and while they are closed during the two week holiday period, the community blood supply takes a huge drop and we attempt to make it up with hospital and community based blood drives."

Factories and manufactures are also a part of the equation that causes the blood supply to drop.

Many of these employers are on plant shutdowns during those same two weeks which only escalates the situation.

"With the number of staff and time period of the blood drive, we are looking at a goal of 15 donors and believe that we have 15 great citizens of Neshoba County to come out and support the community blood program", states Johnson.

All donors will receive a special edition blood donor T-shirt.

Please bring a picture ID with you and be sure to eat a balanced meal before you donate.