About 28,000 people in Kansas City metropolitan area needed a blood transfusion in 2011, according to the Community Blood Center.

That number is expected to grow this year, the center said, and it hopes to meet the area’s need with local residents’ help during a blood drive 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, 203 E. Fourth St., Ottawa.

The center, which provides blood services to several area hospitals, will be conducting the blood drive in the church’s dining room to help “local patients in our area that depend on life saving blood donations,” the center said in a release.

“When individuals normally think of essential community services, they think about the fire and polices departments,” Dr. Jay Menitove, executive and medical director with the center, said. “However, because the community blood center is here to meet the needs of local patients, we would hope that individuals in our community would consider us to be just as essential.”  

To make an appointment with the center, go to www.esavealifenow.org and use the sponsor code “1stunitedmethodist2” or call Sue Petersen at (785) 242-8439.

The center said it must collect at least 580 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of people in the area and that one donation could help as many as two patients.