Newtown Congregational Church is hosting a blood drive at the end of the month. More than 30,000 planned blood drives have been canceled since the lockdowns began in mid-March, which the American Red Cross says has resulted in critical blood shortages. Donations typically decline during the summer months. The Red Cross says there's a 30% increase in demand from hospitals as elective surgeries and procedures resume. Blood donations are needed from eligible healthy individuals of all blood types. All blood drives comply with COVID-19 precautions. Each donor must wear their own mask or get one from the Red Cross. Appointments can be made on the Red Cross website. The blood drive at Newtown Congregational Church is July 30th from 10am to 3pm.