This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year.

Regular blood, platelet and plasma donations help ensure that blood is available at a moment’s notice. In fact, it is the blood on the shelves that is used to help save lives at the time of an accident or sudden illness.

Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1 to 26:

Fielding

May 17: 2 to 7:30 p.m., Fielding Stake, 4375 W. 15600 North.

Hyde Park

May 8: 3 to 8:15 p.m., Hyde Park Civic Center, 113 E. Center St.

May 16: 2 to 7:15 p.m., Hyde Park Civic Center, 113 E. Center St.

Logan

May 3: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., USU Library, 850 E. 700 North.

May 7: 2:30 to 8 p.m., Thomas Edison Charter School North, 180 E. 2600 North.

May 8: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Natural Grocers, 1075 N. Main St.

May 11: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Green Canyon High School, 2960 N. Wolfpack Way.

May 18: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., USU Library, 850 E. 700 North.

May 21: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Logan Regional Hospital, 1400 North and 500 East.

May 23: 2 to 8 p.m., Logan YSA 6th Stake, 1265 N. 600 East.

North Logan

May 4: 1 to 7 p.m., North Logan Green Canyon Stake, 1850 N. 400 East. Providence

May 23: 2 to 8 p.m., River Heights Stake, 155 N. 100 East.

Smithfield

May 15: 2 to 8 p.m., Smithfield Utah YSA Stake, 179 N. 100 East.

Tremonton

May 11: 2:30 to 8 p.m., Northern Utah Emergency Preparedness, 342 N. 1000 West.

May 25: 1:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tremonton Stake, 660 N. 300 East.

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