The demand for blood increasing over 30% in the Ozarks

Because of that, area blood banks are now issuing an emergency requests for blood before any shortages occur.

The Red Cross says they have 7 blood drives scheduled for June, including one on Thursday June 4th at Culvers in Osage Beach.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks also has one scheduled for June 8th at the Osage Beach City Hall.