The Evansville chapter held its annual “Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive” on Monday at its donor center on Stockwell Rd.

All the summer activities keep people pretty busy and that’s why donations drop, Stencil said during an interview on “A Closer Look”.

In a spring survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors, almost 90 percent indicated plans to take vacations this summer.

All presenting donors will receive a pair of RiverDogs baseball game tickets and a box of Girl Scout cookies, courtesy of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, while supplies last. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed.

This is the largest blood drive in the American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, with a goal to bring in more than 1,000 pints of blood during the three-day event. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. Two dollars from every discounted ticket purchased will be donated back to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian mission. Those who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

“A lot of people are travelling and out of town and not adhering to their normal schedule for donations, so we ask for donors to step up and make that extra summer donation to provide life-saving blood for our neighbors”. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.