As students return to classes this week at Kansas State University, the American Red Cross is hoping to fill some of its open slots for the Manhattan Blood Drive, taking place Tuesday and Wednesday.

Local Red Cross spokesperson Kristi Ingalls says there is currently an urgent need for donations, as they’re lacking appointments for both days. As of Monday morning, Ingalls reported the Red Cross was 49 appointments short of its goal for Tuesday and 29 short of Wednesday’s goal.

The blood drive runs from noon until 6 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Pottorf Hall, in CiCo Park.

You can schedule an appointment by visiting Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 1-800 RED CROSS or using the Red Cross blood donor mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices.