The American Red Cross is in dire need of blood donations and officials urge you to plan to donate in the month of September during a blood drive.
September is National Preparedness Month and officials are taking action to plan and prepare for an emergency and for you to help in donating blood. All blood types are needed daily, especially type O negative which is the universal blood type and in frequent demand.
To help dwindle the need, a blood drive is set for Thursday, Sept. 12 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT at the Calvary Baptist Church on State Road 10 in Knox.
The Red Cross also recommends that you be prepared for any disaster by assembling a disaster kit, make a plan and stay informed about incidents around you.