SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Blood Bank and San Diego County Credit Union will hold a blood drive Thursday, offering donors a pair of free tickets to next month's SDCCU Holiday Bowl.

The blood drive is an effort to replenish depleted blood supplies around the county at a time of the year when donations are often greatly needed. The event will kick off the blood bank's Season of Giving campaign to collect blood donations throughout the holiday season.

"SDCCU has been a longtime supporter of the life-saving efforts of the San Diego Blood Bank," SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Campbell said. "SDCCU is proud to bring the community together to support this vital community organization and make a real difference in the lives of people who need blood."

Eligible donors must be age 17 or older, at least 114 pounds and in general good health. The blood bank advises that donors eat a hardy meal and stay hydrated before donating. Prospective donors are also required to show picture identification before donating.

Residents are advised to schedule an appointment to donate blood, but it is not required. Prospective donors can schedule an appointment and find donation center locations at sandiegobloodbank.org/easter or by calling 800-469-7322.

The blood drive is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be held in the SDCCU Stadium parking lot at 9449 Friars Road.