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Broadcasters for Blood Drive Held at Charlottesville Omni

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Even though the holiday season is winding down, people in Charlottesville are rolling up their sleeves to give the gift of life Monday. The annual Broadcasters for Blood Drive was held at the Omni Hotel downtown Monday.

Members of Virginia Blood Services organize the Broadcasters for Blood event. They say it's a great way to kick off National Blood Donor Month.

Organizers say there's a high need for blood in January, partly because it's flu season, and because poor weather conditions can cause an increase in traumatic traffic accidents. Also, donations usually slow down after the holidays.

Organizers say it takes 400 blood units - or donations- a day to satisfy area blood needs to hospitals in the region.

"National Blood Donor Month is a great time to spread awareness that we do need blood more. Traditionally in the winter, after the holidays, we see a slump. People don't give because they're traveling or the flu season can hit us pretty hard," said Katelyn Amos, with Virginia Blood Services.

NBC29 is a sponsor, as are several Charlottesville radio stations.

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