The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive in honor of Wyatt Archer-Forbes Plea, a 6-month-old baby boy from Endicott, at the Oakdale Mall this Saturday, November 17th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wyatt was born with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. The Red Cross blood drive is in his honor is to make sure that there is plenty of blood for everyone that needs it, including little boys like Wyatt.

The blood supply is at critical levels in our area. The snowstorm that hit yesterday didn't help matters either. All the blood drives that would have been held at colleges and high schools today were canceled because the schools had snow days.

As somebody that has given blood many times, and continues to give platelets, I can tell you that it is not that big of a deal to donate. You feel a prick in your arm for about three seconds and then you don't even feel the needle the rest of the time it's in there.

If you are eligible to give blood, the entire process takes between 45 minutes and an hour. Each pint of blood that's donated could save up to three people's lives.

The Red Cross says that one out of every three people will need blood at some point in their life, so there's a good chance that you will know somebody that will need blood and it might even be you.

Please help this little boy and all the other people in need of blood. Surely if someone you know needed blood you would roll up your sleeve and give. Please make sure the blood supply is there when one of your loved ones needs it.

Walk-ins will be welcomed at the blood drive, but you can set up an appointment by going to RedCrossblood.Org or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross. If you can't make this blood drive, the American Red Cross is always holding blood drives going on in our area. You can use their website or call that 800 number to find a blood drive that you will be able to attend.

Please donate an hour of your time and help to save three lives. Please, donate blood.

American Red Cross