(THIS STORY IS SPONSORED BY CONNECTLIFE BLOOD & ORGAN DONOR NETWORK) 

It's always important during the holiday season to think of ways to give back to our community. Local firefighters, police officers and first responders are joining ConnectLife in their Holiday Heroes campaign, helping to save lives during the most critical time of year for blood donations. The campaign is happening December 12th through January 24th. More than 25 agencies across Western New York will be hosting blood drives. It's a great opportunity to recognize and honor those who have received the gift of life and acknowledge those who have helped save lives. For more information you can call (716) 529-4270. For a list of drives that are open to the public, visit www.connectlife.org/holidayheroes.