The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 E. 39th St. in Independence.

Blood has been urgently needed all winter as both the heavy flu season and sporadic bad weather have kept people at home. All types of blood are needed.

Also, the Community Blood Center facility in Blue Springs is open seven days a week. Donors are asked to make an appointment. Go to or call 877-468-6844.