Blood was everywhere.

While playing in the kitchen last fall, two-year-old Todd Tribett suffered a cut to his jugular vein. In less than 10 minutes, the child lost about half his blood."I just knew he was going to die," says his mother, Karen Tribbett. "It took us four minutes to get to the hospital. Three doctors were in the emergency room, and I just threw Todd at them and said, `Help!' "

Tribbett works as a blood donor recruiter for Intermountain Health Care Blood Services at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. It's her job to tell people: "You never know when your children will need blood."

It's a cliche that rang true when her son's life was saved through blood transfusions.

Jeanine Boulden, who coordinates blood donation efforts for Intermountain Health Care's Blood Services Division, said stock is low after the holidays. "But the critical, ongoing need for blood doesn't stop just because donations drop."

Blood donations drop by about 12 percent or 2,200 pints during the holidays. "This drop creates concerns about meeting day-to-day blood demands," Boulden said.

To give blood, contact your local hospital or another blood bank.