ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Rock River Valley Blood Center asks people for a different kind of blood donation as we approach the holiday season.
The center says it's running low on platelets, which are specific components of blood that induce clotting and stop bleeding.
RRVBC says the process takes about an hour for a machine to extract the platelets, which is a little longer than donations of whole blood.
The center says it needs frequent donors because the platelets only last five to seven days.
"Platelets are used to treat people with cancer, or people who are undergoing trauma, and they're needed everyday," says Lisa Entrekin, RRVBC director of operations. "We're just trying to ask people try something new."
For more information on donating platelets, click here.