The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during this May as according to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year. Volunteer donors of all types are needed to help meet patient needs as are they are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions.

Local blood donation opportunities are:

■ Menominee: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901 13th St., May 1 from noon to 5 p.m.

■ Carney: Carney Evangelical Free Church, 52 Church St., May 21 from noon to 5 p.m. 

For more information and to make an appointment, persons may download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A donor’s card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in and those who donate through May 13 will be entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to a national home improvement retailer.