United Blood Services issued an emergency appeal for donations last week. Supplies are dangerously low.

The annual "Race Against the Clock" Marathon Blood Drive is set for this Thursday & Friday, July 14th & 15th. Hours are 7am-10pm Thursday, 8am-4pm. Fri.

July is a peak travel month. This is a one - two punch because the need increases while donations drop off.

There will be great food from Meche's Donuts, Whole Foods, Chuy's & the Jamabalaya Shoppe. Also, while supplies last, donors will receive a donor t-shirt (see above), and freebies from McDonald's, Nothing bunt Cakes, La Madeleine, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, & Comet Cleaners.

There will be more than 250 hourly prizes, tickets to see Elton john, a TV, and a vacation valued up to $6,000!

The center is located at 1503 Bertrand Drive. You can save time by making an appointment at bloodhero.com, or (337) 235-5433.