The Red Cross is still urging people to donate blood and platelets to address an ongoing  critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

8/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Higgins Memorial Methodist Church, 101 N. Main Street, Burnsville

8/17/2017: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Jefferson UMC, 115 East Main Street, Jefferson

8/21/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine, 125 Tappan Street, Spruce Pine

8/26/2017: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 115 E King St, Boone

8/31/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Caldwell Community College, CCC, 372 Community College Road, Boone

8/31/2017: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Westwood Elementary School, 4083 US Hwy 221 South, West Jefferson

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire can help reduce your wait time.

As a special thank you, those who donate through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.