Wednesday is the United Blood Services' 9th Annual Montana's Biggest Blood Drive.
Summer activities increase the risk of injuries. But summer is also when many people travel, so the number of donors is down. United Blood Services say they are struggling to keep up with the high demand for blood this summer. They hope that the blood drive will bring in at least 300 donors.
"If you had a loved one laying in the hospital bed and the doctor came in and said that your loved one needed blood, would you expect it to be there? Of course you would," United Blood Services Senior Donor Recruitment Representative Carrie Rigney said. "But did you do your part? And that's what this is about. Taking one hour of your time to donate a pint of blood which your body replenishes, you're not loosing it, to help save somebody so they have a chance at going home."
The blood drive will start Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the First Interstate Operations Center and will run until 7 p.m. Food will be provided. There will be hourly drawings for prizes, including a $450 necklace from Riddles Jewelry. All donors will receive a free t-shirt.
You can contact United Blood Services at 248-9168 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.