One lucky person will have the opportunity to win free gas just for donating blood.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Wednesday at Secrest Auditorium.
Anyone who donates blood will have his or her name entered into a drawing for a chance to win $1,000 gas card from the Red Cross and Marathon Oil.
Executive Director Marlene Henderson said there’s a high demand for blood during the summer trauma season.
"We really want to encourage anyone who wants to give blood to make sure that they come out to Secrest Auditorium, or any of the other blood drives around because every unit of blood makes a huge difference in our region," said Henderson.
Henderson said blood donations are down during the summer because many donors take vacations.
She said the Red Cross has to supply 800 units of blood a day to 42 area hospitals.
"The need is constant, it’s on-going; anywhere from a trauma patient to a premature baby. That need is there for blood so we’re just hoping that everybody can come out, make your appointment," added Henderson.
Those interested in donating can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by going online to www.redcross.org.