JONESBORO -- It's summer, and that means local blood banks are in a crisis. The blood shortage is affecting everything from the blood supply to scheduled operations. There are lots of blood drives that go on year round, but it's the ones that happen over the summer that are the most important.
You may not remember Tim Rook, but you can't forget his story. He's the Jonesboro firefighter who lost his leg after the fire truck he was in hit a tanker truck. While he was in the hospital, he learned how important the American Red Cross is, first hand.
This weekend is the Hoses and Badges blood drive, sponsored by the Jonesboro Fire Department and Police Officers, and it couldn't come soon enough, blood shortages are at an all time high.
The Hoses and Badges blood drive will be at the St. Bernard's Auditorium from 12 until 6 on Saturday. Other blood drives coming up are: