WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations this summer.
Red Cross officials say blood donations often decline during the summer, when schools are out and vacations are in.
The Red Cross encourages donors to make an appointment to give now.
Donors who present to give blood between May 23 and 31 in honor of Memorial Day could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards to create their own summer of stories.
The Red Cross says they serve about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including many Veterans Affairs medical centers.
You can learn more and make an appointment to donate blood by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Butler County, MO