The Red Cross has issued an urgent need for platelet donors, as well as donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. Local residents wanting to donate blood can do so in Unity and Sunapee. On Friday a Sullivan County Community Blood Drive takes place at the Sullivan County Health Care, Ahern Building in Unity NH and on Monday, July 29 the Sunapee Fire & EMS Department hosts a blood drive from noon-5 pm at the Safety Services Building. Appointments are recommended. To make an appointment go on-line to www.redcrossblood.org and click on the Make an Appointment box.