Summer might be drawing to a close, but the need for blood is constant.  With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, a time when many regular donors may go on vacation, the American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that they can donate blood every 56 days.

The Red Cross stated that in July there has been fewer blood drives organized by businesses and other community groups during a typical month, causing the Red Cross to have less than a three-day supply of most types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood.   

Approximately every two seconds someone in America needs blood.  If you’ve already donated blood this summer, be a dedicated donor and make an appointment to give again.

The Eureka United Methodist Church is partnering with the Eureka Greater Area Kiwanis Club to sponsor a blood drive on Monday, August 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Eureka United Methodist Church, located at 208 N. Callender St., Eureka.  Those interested can make an appointment by calling Nancy Aldridge at 309-467-4750 or 309-261-5910, or by using the Blood Donor App at  Blood is only available when generous blood donors roll up a sleeve to give. Your blood is needed more now than ever.

Help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply leading into the Labor Day holiday weekend by making an appointment to donate today.  All presenting donors will receive a $5 gift card via email.