Blood shortages are getting critical, according to Vitalant in Redding. A record 42 Million people plan to travel for the long 4th of July weekend, which means that donations will drop and needs will increase. All types are needed, especially the “O” types, which is the most versatile. Anyone who donates blood between July 1st and the 9th will get a “Flippin’ Awesome Donor” grilling apron and will be entered to win one of three $3,000 gift cards. A number of remote blood drives will be held next week. A list of the locations can be seen, and an appointment can be made, at vitalant.org.