American Red Cross heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t wear capes or special suits, and their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the “gift of life.” The Red Cross encourages those eligible to become a hometown hero and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood.

“Donating blood is one of the simplest things you can do to help save a patient’s life,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region.

A local blood donation opportunity will occur on Thursday, April 3, from 1-6 PM at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Blood Drive, 1021 Poplar Street. Stop in and give a “gift of life.”