During March--Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to support their communities by giving blood or platelets, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those involved enable the Red Cross to continue to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Like the emergency room of a hospital, the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient needs around the clock. With the generous support of blood donors, the Red Cross can help ensure all patients have the blood products they need, no matter when or where. There are two blood drives planned this week on Wednesday at two of the county high schools. The Wilkes Alleghany Chapter of the American Red Cross will have blood drives on Wednesday, March 20, at West Wilkes High School from 8:30am to 1:30 pm and at North Wilkes High School from 8am til 1pm. If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment for a blood drive please contact Ashley Gantt of the Wilkes Alleghany Chapter of the American Red Cross at 336-529-4918.