The blood supply is low here in southeastern Ohio and one local Red Cross chapter is stepping up it’s efforts to help.
The Muskingum Valley Red Cross hosted a blood drive this afternoon before the races tonight at the Muskingum County Speedway.
"Our blood supplies are low for the summer months, we are we have some some blood types are less than a days supply, so yeah, we are serious about collecting blood right now," said Rick Dayton of Red Cross Donor Services.
With people traveling, they’re less likely to donate; the demand for blood is also higher during the summer months due to outdoor accidents.
"Donating blood is very simple, you can donate every 56 days, and a lot of people do, about 4% of the population donate on regular basis, 4% keeps the rest of us going when we need blood," said Dayton.
Donating one unit of blood, can save three lives. The red cross will host another blood drive at Trinity United Presbytarian Church on Monday.