With the holiday season fast approaching, the American Red Cross is urging donors to make an appointment to give blood.
All blood types are needed, but O negative, A negative and B negative are in greatest demand.
There are numerous opportunities to donate throughout the region with blood drives beginning in mid-November.
Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties in Illinois already have 30 locations on the schedule and the entire St. Louis area, including St. Louis city, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties have dozens of locations ready to accept donations.
To make an appointment or for more information in finding a blood drive location near you, go to: redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.