MANCHESTER - The Manchester Community is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 12-5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.

Every day the Red Cross must collect almost 17,000 pints of blood for patients at nearly 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

Blood and platelets are needed for many reasons; accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

The Red Cross is looking for donors 16-years-old and up. Sixteen-year-olds will need parental consent. These forms can be found on line at redcrossblood.org and must be signed and dated before donating.

There is always a need for double red donors, especially O negative, A negative and B negative blood types. Every pint of blood saves up to three lives.

The American Red Cross urges donors to make an appointment to give blood in Manchester on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the First Congregational Church by calling 1-800-843-3500 or by going on-line at redcrossblood.org.

Those interested may still donate blood without an appointment.