According to Blood Assurance, the local blood supply is in critical need of replenishment.
As of Tuesday, the nonprofit had less than a two-day supply of most blood types on its shelves. Blood Assurance calls on those with O-positive, O-negative, A-positive, A-negative, and B-negative blood to schedule an appointment immediately.
Blood Assurance officials said the timing could not be worse due to schools letting out for summer break in the days and weeks ahead.
Blood Assurance hosts multiple blood drives weekly at high schools, colleges, and universities during the school year.
Donors can schedule an appointment here, call 800-962-0628, or text BAGIVE to 999777.
To be eligible to donate blood, donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health.
Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal rich in iron before donating.