Red Cross needs blood

The American Red Cross is reporting a shortage of blood in Georgia. To encourage people to donate, from July 9-13, blood givers will receive a coupon for a free pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

The Columbus Donor Center is located at 7490 Veterans Parkway.

The summer months are particularly tough for the American Red Cross since schools, whose blood drives account for approximately 20 percent of donations are our and people are on vacation.

People who donate blood next week will be eligible to give again before Labor Day.