The American Red Cross is asking folks to roll up their sleeves to give the gift of life.
American Red Cross representatives tell us blood and platelet donations were down 10 percent nationwide this June – meaning they were roughly 50,000 donations short of reaching their goal.
They say this is the same shortfall they saw in June of 2012.
Representatives tell us June and July are challenging months because students are out of school, meaning no on-campus donations drives.
According to a press release from the American Red Cross high school and college blood drives count for nearly 20 percent of the donations they receive during the school year, but when donating students are out for the summer their donations drop by more than 80 percent.
Warm weather is another factor that plays a role in lower donation numbers because many folks are vacationing.
American Red Cross representatives tell us donations are always needed because the Red Cross supplies local hospitals with blood for emergency rooms and trauma centers nationwide.
There will be an emergency blood drive held at the PEAK Health & Wellness Center in Missoula, Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
If you are unable to attend the event, or you want to find a donation center close to you click here.