The American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations. Donors of all blood types are needed.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year.

Area blood drives will be held:

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18, Bass Pro Shops, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence.

• 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. May 20, Blue Springs Christian Church, 7920 S. Missouri 7.

• 3 to 7 p.m. May 24, Beacon Heights Community of Christ, 19402 E. Holke Road, Independence.

Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting or calling 1-800-733-2767.