Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer vacation season. It's just around the corner. The season brings an average 20% decline in blood donations. This presents a problem. Peak travel seasons, unfortunately, bring a spike in the need for blood, and blood products. United Blood Services has issued an urgent appeal. All types are needed.

Donate between May 21st & 31st and receive an "American Donor" T-shirt. You'll also be entered to win a pair of tickets to see Garth Brooks at the Cajundome. It only takes a few minutes. You can expedite the process by making an appointment at www.UnitedBloodServices.org. You can save additional time. Fill out your health history by clicking here. Blood donors, at least 16 years old, weighing at least 110 pounds and in good health, can donate. Minors need parental consent. You can search for blood drives at bloodhero.com. United Blood Services in Lafayette is located at 1503 Bertrand Drive. You can call 235-LIFE.