<h1>The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.<\/h1>\r\nAround Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don\u2019t take a summer break - patients need blood every minute, every day.\r\n\r\nIn the summer of 1973, Ramona Johnson was playing at the park when she was injured jumping off the swings. She was bleeding profusely from a 7-inch gash in her leg. By the time she reached the hospital, she needed an emergency transfusion. She credits the donors who took the time to give blood with helping to save her life.\r\n\r\nJohnson\u2019s childhood experience receiving blood compelled her to make her first blood donation more than 10 years ago. \u201cA little voice told me that this would be a great way to give back,\u201d she said. \u201cI have been faithfully donating every eight weeks since.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe public is asked to schedule an appointment to help ensure that hospitals and patients have the blood they need this summer. 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).\r\n\r\nIn thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through June 10, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com\/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org\/Together.) Additionally, those who come to give May 25-29, will receive an exclusive Red Cross branded T-shirt, while supplies last.\r\n\r\nUpcoming blood donation opportunities in Greenbrier County include:\r\n\r\nLewisburg: May 29, 12 noon - 6 p.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 214 E. Washington Street and June 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Greenbrier Valley Airport, 558 Airport Road.