Blood Donations Desperately Needed

Blood supplies are at critical levels at the local hospitals and the American Red Cross is asking for your help to replenish the inventory.

Red Cross officials say that only three percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means repeat donors are picking up the slack to help maintain the blood supply. New blood donors are needed at this time of the year when school is out during the summer break. Many blood drives occur during the school year and it is difficult to plan donation drives during the summer vacation.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, July 12 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET at the Culver Community Junior/Senior High School. Another opportunity to give blood is Friday, July 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT at the VFW Post #748 in Knox. To schedule your appointment, use the free Red Cross blood donor app, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).