The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood this February.\r\nDuring the winter months, inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from giving blood. Healthy donors of all blood types are needed to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in their own communities as well as areas where donors were unable to give due to severe winter weather. Individuals with types O, AB, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.\r\nDonor Loretta Brandon knows how important it is to have a readily available blood supply. Her late husband required transfusions from generous strangers multiple times for health conditions. She gives blood as often as she can. \u201cEvery time I give blood, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for all I have and for the fact that I can share with others,\u201d she said.\r\nArea blood drives will be held at the following locations:\r\n\u2022 Feb. 20: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ronceverte Vol. Fire Dept., 722 Ronceverte Avenue, Ronceverte\r\n\u2022 Feb. 22: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., WVSOM Alumni Center, 400 Lee Street, Lewisburg\r\n\u2022 Feb. 22: 12 noon - 6 p.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 214 E. Washington Street, Lewisburg.