The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer.

Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply. New blood donors are especially needed during the summer months because many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacations.

6/19/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine, 125 Tappan Street, Spruce Pine

6/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Higgins Memorial Methodist Church, 101 N. Main Street, Burnsville

6/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Yancey County Rescue Squad Base, 718 W. Main Street, Burnsville

6/27/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 374 W King St, Boone

6/29/2017: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 131 Big Valley Street, Boone

6/29/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church Newland, 160 Cranberry Rd, Newland

6/30/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wal-Mart 2496 - Watauga Village Shopping Ctr, Wal Mart, 200 Watauga Village Drive, Boone

7/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Linville Land Harbor Recreation Complex, 22 Land Harbor Road, Linville

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767) to make an appointment or for more Information.