The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-733-2767.

Local blood donation opportunities include:

Jefferson County — July 10: 1-5 p.m., United Way of Southeast Arkansas, 211 W. Third Ave., Pine Bluff; July 21: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Davis Life Care, 6810 S. Hazel St., Pine Bluff;

Lincoln County — July 11: 2 -6 p.m., First Baptist Church, Star City;

Grant County — July 20: 1-5 p.m., Walmart, Sheridan.