The strike between blood services workers and the American Red Cross has been suspended, with the staff returning to work without a contract. Negotiations will continue between the union and the Red Cross to resolve the issues that led to the strike and a stoppage of blood collections for several weeks.

Now that the staff is back to work, they need donors! I am scheduled to give platelets this weekend, and hope that you can make an appointment to give blood or blood products soon. Summertime is always a time when blood supplies are low, so it is more important than ever to donate if you can.

To find a blood drive in your neighborhood or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, visit: www.redcrossblood.org or call toll-free 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Every blood donation can save as many as three lives, so you know you are doing something good. Give Blood.