The American Red Cross recently issued a red alert because of the shortage of lifesaving O negative and A negative blood.

Gold Beach and Brookings residents have a chance to donate blood this week.

In Gold Beach, the Red Cross blood drive will be Jan. 16 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gold Beach High School.

Blood donors in Brookings can give Jan. 17 and 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Hours on Jan. 17 are 2 to 7 p.m. Hours on Jan. 18 are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Red Cross Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services provides blood to more than 80 hospitals in Oregon,Washington and Southeast Alaska. Until recently, shelves were stocked with enough blood to cover routine uses for the next three days, officials said.

Every pint of blood counts when someone needs a transfusion for survival, said Joan Manning, executive director for the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services.

Were counting on the compassionate spirit of Northwest citizens to replenish the blood supply so that no one has to wait for lifesaving medical treatment, she added.

Citizens who are in good health, are 17 or older and weigh at least 105 pounds may donate blood every 56 days. For information or to make an appointment to donate in the Brookings area, call Sarge and Pat Piper at (541) 469-0888.