Summer is officially here and in the Heartland, ballgames, fairs and vacations are keeping family schedules full.
That means there is less time to donate blood.
To combat the annual drop in blood supplies during the summer months, the Kirksville media is joining together for the Annual Media Blood Drive.
This year's event, Step Up to the Plate and Donate St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive, will be held July 24 at the Kirksville Middle School.
All presenting donors will receive a specially designed Cardinals American Red Cross t-shirt.
You don't have to wait until then to donate though. The American Red Cross has blood drives across northern Missouri this summer.
You can check out the Neighborhood page of Heartlandconnection.com to find times, places and how to schedule a donation appointment.