The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood — the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Faulkner County:

• Aug. 4 from 3-7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, 850 Oak St.

• Aug. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the McGee Center, 3800 College Ave.