An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the conference room at Riverside Suites, 1100 E. Main Cross St. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made at

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors. Winter storms and the government shutdown have left the agency with less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.