Hurricane Katrina Blood Drive takes place later this month

The U.S. blood supply is critically low and there’s a desperate need for people to donate.

There will be a perfect chance to do that at the 17th annual Hurricane Katrina Blood Drive, happening at locations across the Coast in just a couple of weeks.

It’s a way to honor the victims and survivors of Katrina through a good deed — the gift of lifesaving blood. The combination of a low supply along with recent natural and man-made disasters means they need all donors on deck for the upcoming drive.

“You know, all of those things feed into that need for blood, and so this is like I said, this is a way for us to get past that shortage,” said Denise Smith, recruitment director for the American Red Cross.

The blood drive begins August 24 with locations across the Coast from Pascagoula to Pass Christian. Also, those who donate will receive a $10 gift card from a vendor of their choice — and be entered into a national drawing to win free gas for a year.

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