The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at its North Little Rock location of 4548 JFK Blvd.

During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to make a difference in their communities by giving blood, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those supporters enable the Red Cross to continue to help people in need like the Roux family.

Jenny Roux’s son, Blake, was born with a rare and serious chromosome disorder that causes multiple abnormalities. Jenny and Blake both received two pints of blood the day he was born. For Blake, that marked the first of many transfusions. Jenny said she knew her time with him would be short, but she credits multiple blood transfusions with helping extend his life.

"Without the blood transfusions, I don’t know that he would have even had the 10 months we had with him," she said.

At that point Jenny again turned to the Red Cross, and the organization’s Service to the Armed Forces program provided emergency communications about Blake’s death to her husband, who was deployed to Iraq.

The Red Cross invites the public to discover their inner hero this month. To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information about other ways to get involved with the Red Cross, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).