Consider donating blood —and soon

It’s a hectic time of year; fall sports practices have started, parents of students are doing back-to-school shopping and families are squeezing in vacations.

Thus, it’s a challenge to fit one more thing in the schedule. But a busy summer also has crimped blood supplies. The American Red Cross says it needs donors to help prevent an emergency blood shortage.

So if you can spare an hour or so of your time, and a pint of your blood, please consider donating blood or platelets at an upcoming blood drive in your area.